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HDMI continues to pick up momentum over other standards

The HDMI consortium announced earlier this month that it has reduced the licensing fees for using HDMI in devices from $15,000 per year down to $10,000 per year. Representatives from the organization said that the price reduction is designed to encourage companies to develop products that use the HDMI interface.

The new price will go into effect starting November of this year. The growing popularity and adoption of HDMI was also a determining factor for the price reduction. According to Leslie Chard, president of HDMI Licensing LLC, "the reduction of the annual fee, which was already minimal, will make it easier for smaller manufacturers to license the HDMI specification and will help ensure that all companies, large or small, can implement cutting edge HDMI technology into their products."

The HDMI interface carries a DVI signal along with digital audio signals for a seamless one-cable interface. HDMI devices have actually been shipping to store shelves for several years now. The HDMI interface recently received an upgrade in specification -- up to version 1.3. Improvements include higher resolution support, bandwidth upgraded from 165MHz to 225MHz, and a feature called "deep color".

More PC products with HDMI are being announced as well. PowerColor announced that its X1600 PRO HDMI video card is now available. The card features true HDMI connectivity with support for HDCP. Sapphire also announced availability of its X1600Pro HDMI, but unlike the PowerColor card, the Sapphire card lacks a S/PDIF connect for audio output in case the user is using the DVI adapter.

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RE: Not to sound stupid, but...
By therealnickdanger on 7/26/2006 10:31:46 AM , Rating: 2
I believe the idea is that you can "daisy chain" all your devices together, so if you have an HDTV, an HD-DVD player, a DVR, and a receiver, you only need four cables for them to all communicate and send the proper signals to where they need to go. If that's how it plays out in the next 3 years, that would be sweet-as-pie.

RE: Not to sound stupid, but...
By namechamps on 7/26/2006 11:52:18 AM , Rating: 2
HDMI can NOT be daisy chained.

HDMI is point to point.

SO if you have 4 devices (HTPC, HD-DVD players, xbox, STB)
you would need to use 4 HDMI cables to connect it to an HDMI receiver. Then one more cable to connect receiver to your display. So total # of cables will be n+1 (where n = # of sources).

Now some people say they dont need HDMI but truth is that within 5 years EVERYTHING will use HDMI.

High res audio formats Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TueHD, DTS-HD, DTS-HD Master require HDMI.

Analog sunset will begin by 2010 for premium HD (HD-DVD, Bluray, premium cable etc).

Now right now receivers w/ 2 HDMI ports range from $500-$1500. For 3+ ports (max I have seen is 4) they range from $2000-$6000. Howeve the costs are already comming down and will come down even more in future. Plus as an alternate as long as u have a receiver w/ 1 HDMI in and 1 HDMI out you use a HDMI switcher which run from $200 - $500 for 2 - 5 HDMI ports.

HDMI will be the high speed digital interconnect for next 20 years or so. Except HDMI to do for CE devices what USB did for PC devices.

RE: Not to sound stupid, but...
By Ecmaster76 on 7/26/2006 12:07:09 PM , Rating: 2
HDMI can be daisychained. A device would simply go into a passthrough mode while instandby. As long as it doesn't degrade the signal, there is nothing prventing this from being implemented.

Sattelite receiver ouputs to TV. User hits a button and the receiver goes into standby. User turns on DVD player, which is connected to an input on the receiver. It works immediately.

Not saying this exists or ever will. But it could.

RE: Not to sound stupid, but...
By namechamps on 7/26/2006 11:58:42 PM , Rating: 2
Ok I will grant you that it "could" but it never will. Why because daisy chaining would require 2 HDMI ports on every device. Already there are DVD players, ps3, HD-DVD players, Bluray players & STB with only one port. How will they daisy chain.

USB could techincally support daisy chaining (including a 2 port inernal hub in each device) but it never went that route. Make the devies cheaper and connect them to a hub. In this case the hub is the Home Theater Receiver.

Nice thing about HDMI is it works for low end and high end.

Low end system. 2 HDMI sources, and 1 HDMI display. Some people dont own/want a home theater system. Connect the 2 sources to the TV and your are down.

High end system. 3-4 HDMI sources, 1 HDMI receiver, and 1 HDMI diaplay. Connect all sources to receiver and connect receiver to the display.

Ultra high end system. 5+ HDMI sources, 1 HDMI receiver, and 1 HDMI display. Connect all sources to a HDMI switch, connect HDMI switch to the receiver, and receiver to display.

RE: Not to sound stupid, but...
By SaintSinner1 on 7/26/2006 1:46:22 PM , Rating: 2
HDMI will be the high speed digital interconnect for next 20 years or so. Except HDMI to do for CE devices what USB did for PC devices.

OMG Noooooooo !!! another 20 years with so many cables !!?? I hope some new wireless technology standard will do to HDMI same as Blutooth and wireless network doing to USB ... my printer, camera, mouse, keyboard, speakers are wireless so why not my Monitor , TV, DVR ... huh ? why not ?

RE: Not to sound stupid, but...
By Torched on 7/26/2006 2:15:52 PM , Rating: 2
There is a good reason > bandwidth... There is no wireless standard yet that can move that amount of data. Maybe second generation UWB.

RE: Not to sound stupid, but...
By phusg on 7/27/2006 6:01:02 AM , Rating: 2
High res audio formats Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TueHD, DTS-HD, DTS-HD Master require HDMI.

This appears to be true! Apparantely Coax/Toslink output don't have the bandwidth for these new formats. Current HD-DVD devices output these improved audio formats as analog 5.1 or HDMI 1.3, or downsample the signal to a max of DTS 1.5mbps, compared to a max of 3.0mbps for DD+.

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