Where are the new extenders?
In the comments to a previous post, Mart asks a good question:
Any more news on the availability of these extenders?, the Pika 8622L kit from Sigma looks like it’s ready to go – just needs a box and some marketing 8-)… we dont want anything fancy you know, just something that looks … er… a bit like Apple TV.. How soon is that likely???
Good question. I didn’t see a single next-generation extender on the show floor at CES. Sigma Designs was apparently showing off its reference design in a suite at the Hilton, but I didn’t get an invite for that and didn’t find out about the intro till after I got home. (Details in this PDF file, although there doesn’t appear to be anything that wasn’t in Chris Lanier’s write-up from last June.)
Microsoft’s Pika page hasn’t been updated in a while.
Maybe consumer electronics companies looked at the dismal experiences of HP and Linksys with first-generation extenders and decided to sit on their hands until they see whether there’s any demand.
I’m hoping that a slew of new devices will be introduced next week, along with the launch of Windows Vista. But I’m not holding my breath.