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Intel WiDi
Intel WiDi logo.gif
The Intel WiDi Logo
Date invented 2006
Manufacturer Intel
Introduced 2010; 7 years ago (2010)[1][2][3]
Discontinued Yes
Type Wireless Display-Distribution System
Connection Wi-Fi Direct

Wireless Display (WiDi) is a technology developed by Intel that enabled users to stream music, movies, photos, videos and apps without wires from a compatible computer to a compatible HDTV or through the use of an adapter with other HDTVs or monitors. Intel WiDi supported HD 1080p video quality, 5.1 surround sound, and low latency for interacting with applications sent to the TV from a PC.

Using the Intel WiDi Widget users could perform different functions simultaneously on their PC and TV such as checking email on the PC while streaming a movie to the TV from the same device.[4][5]

WiDi was superseded by Miracast,[6] a standard developed by the Wi-Fi Alliance[7]

Version history[edit]

  • 2010 - WiDi 1.0 - Supports 720P[8]
  • 2011 - WiDi 2.0 - Supports 1080P[9]
  • 2012 - WiDi 3.0 - Supports 1080P @ 60 FPS[10]
  • September 2012 - WiDi 3.5 - Supports Windows 8, touch functionality, 1080p output, 3D content, HDCP2, Blu-ray, and USB devices and Miracast.[11]
  • 2013 - WiDi 4.0[citation needed]
  • 2014 - WiDi 4.1[12]
  • 2014 - WiDi 4.2 - 5Ghz Wi-Fi support (with compatible receiver)[12]
  • 2015 - WiDi 5.1 - Supports 4k - Ultra HD displays.[13][14][15]
  • 2015 - WiDi 6.0[citation needed]
  • 2015 October- The marketing and development of WiDi applications was discontinued by Intel. They cited the fact that the Miracast standard is natively supported in Microsoft Windows for wireless display capabilities with a strong user experience.[16]


In Intel Wireless Display version 3.5, the Miracast standard was supported[17] on two operating systems, Microsoft Windows 8.1 and 10.[18] After this development, Intel recommended Business Users to utilize Intel® Unite™ as a platform for collaboration.[18] Miracast is included in all Android 4.2+ smart phones. It can stream on TVs, projectors, and media players.[19]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Origins of WiDi Technology, 2011-01-25, Intel Free Press
  2. ^ How to Watch Video, Wirelessly, on Your TV Set, By Walter S. Mossberg, 2010-03-04, The Wall Street Journal
  3. ^ Intel Wireless Display (WiDi): The Hottest Sleeper Technology, By Cisco Cheng, 2010-01-09, PCMag.com
  4. ^ WiDi at Intel.com
  5. ^ http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/emerging-technologies/intel-wireless-technologies/intel-wireless-display-intel-widi.html
  6. ^ "Product Discontinuation Notice for Intel® WiDi and Intel® Pro WiDi". Intel. Retrieved 2016-10-15. 
  7. ^ "Discover Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast". Wi-Fi Alliance. Retrieved 2016-10-15. 
  8. ^ CES 2010: Intel Announces WiDi HD Wireless Display Tech
  9. ^ Intel Insider & WiDi 2.0
  10. ^ Ivy Bridge Widi 3.0 brings 1080p 60 FPS, by Fuad Abazovic, 2012-04-11, fudZilla
  11. ^ Evolution of WiDi - Intel Wireless Display (WiDi): Another Cable Killer Hits Its Stride, By William Van Winkle, 2013-06-12, Tom's IT Pro
  12. ^ a b WiDi – Wireless Display Overview, Specifications, Testing and Demos, by Chippy, 2014-02-20, UMPCPortal
  13. ^ INTEL WIDI 5.1 SUPPORTS 4k, By emgain, 2015-01-09, New Gadget Release Date 2015
  14. ^ Intel brings next-gen 'Broadwell' processor tech to mainstream notebooks, desktops, By Mark Hachman, 2015-01-05, PCWorld, Intel’s WiDi wireless display technology has also improved: Version 5.1 includes gaming support, Pro features for manageability, and 4K resolutions.
  15. ^ WiDi actually works now, Intel executive says By Mark Hachman, 2015-01-05, PCWorld
  16. ^ "Main Intel® WiDi and Intel® Pro WiDi Applications website". Intel. Retrieved 2016-08-15. 
  17. ^ Parrish, Kevin (19 September 2012). "Intel's New Wireless Display 3.5 Will Support Miracast". Tom's Hardware. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  18. ^ a b "Intel® WiDi and Intel® Pro WiDi Applications Discontinued Notice". Intel. Retrieved 2017-02-27. 
  19. ^ "https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/15053/windows-8-project-wireless-screen-miracast". support.microsoft.com (in Template:Locale). Retrieved 2017-03-01.  External link in |title= (help)

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