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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 SunAngel on 7/26/2006 11:55:17 AM , Rating: 1
LOL! Thats funny. Sony has been doing that for nearly 25 years with the Control-S features on its products. You turn on the tv and the dvd player starts and the stereo switches on. All you have to do is grab your tub of popcorn and quart of soda. But nearly everyone here clobbers Sony for their innovation. But the moment someone other than Sony does it its not so bad of a technology. Hypocrites all of you!

By epsilonparadox on 7/26/2006 12:44:56 PM , Rating: 2
Ah yes the proprietory connection available on Sony products only. If Sony had been innovative enough to allow it to be an open standard maybe it would've been cool. But that doesn't really matter to me, my harmony 880 has one-button activity also and no two components in my home-theater is the same.

By mendocinosummit on 7/26/2006 12:49:05 PM , Rating: 2
I just don't like Sony's business practices. I like what South Park does; on all of there episodes that show a TV or DVD player they have Fony. It might be stupid, but I will never support a corp like Sony.

RE: Not to sound stupid, but...
By brystmar on 7/26/2006 12:53:02 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe so, but you failed to mention the most important part: [b]you have to buy everything from Sony in order for it to work![/b] Many companies (not just Sony) have offered this for a very long time, but you need to purchase each component from the same brand for it to work. So if you have all Sony gear it'll work nicely, but if you throw a Toshiba DVD player into the mix it won't work.

HDMI standardizes all of this across the brand and platform levels; this way your Sony HDTV, Denon receiver, Toshiba DVD player, and Motorola HD-DVR will all work together seamlessly.

12v triggers have been used for basic on/off control of components from different brands for awhile in the higher end audio and professional realms, but that required an extra mono cable and was never supported by most basic consumer-level products.

RE: Not to sound stupid, but...
By Eric2203 on 7/26/2006 8:11:44 PM , Rating: 2
And every company with a multi-device communication idea will force you to use their products too, not just Sony.

What has this to do with Sony anyway...

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