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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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How do they make these things different?
By archcommus on 7/26/2006 1:29:36 PM , Rating: 2
So it's copper or whatever material, just like any other DVI or some other cable, it has a set number of pins, and a small connector. Such a simple device. What in the world do they change to make it do all these things previous cables could not? It boggles my mind. Then they release a new version with new features. What was physically altered to support this?

Any savvy people here who can clue me in? Just a bit interested in, uh...cable architecture.

By epsilonparadox on 7/26/2006 1:35:49 PM , Rating: 2
I believe hdmi 1.3 also allows for smaller connection so the plug is about the size of a usb port. I believe this was done so it can be used in CE devices like camcorders.

RE: How do they make these things different?
By phusg on 7/27/2006 6:04:59 AM , Rating: 2
Although for a large part it's probably all just a scheme for making money, I'd imagine that they specify purity levels for the metal used in the cables. Proper enthusiast Hi-fi cables are all about purity of the metals used.

RE: How do they make these things different?
By masher2 on 7/27/2006 12:17:44 PM , Rating: 2
> "Proper enthusiast Hi-fi cables are all about purity of the metals used..."

That's pretty much nonsense...propagated by people who sell $10 sets of "Monster Cables" for $150.

By TomZ on 7/27/2006 5:41:19 PM , Rating: 2
That's pretty much nonsense...propagated by people who sell $10 sets of "Monster Cables" for $150.

Agreed, and even more true for digital signal transmission.

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