HDMI Licensing Fees Reduced
July 26, 2006 10:05 AM
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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...
7/26/2006 11:41:02 PM
Really no reason to do that. Any video card (or MB) with HDMI likely has an internal SPDIF header. So you connect your sound card to your video card internally. Then you have one HDMI cable from your HTPC to your receiver. Then you have another cable going from your receiver to your HDTV.
With one source and one display it doesn't really matter but everything is going HDMI so in the future you may have your HTPC, STB (cable ot sat), game system & HD-DVD Player all connected by HDMI to your receiver. Then your receiver has one cable going to your TV.
Imagine how simply the Home Theater rack would look like 4 components w/ total of 4 cables. Then if you have say your 65" plasma hanging on wall you would only have one cable comming from the receiver to your HDTV. To me that is a nice clean setup. Most receivers that handle HDMI switching will also do analog upconverting. This means if you have some legacy devices w/ only component or s-video the receiver will convert them to a TDMS signal and send it to your TV over the single HDMI cable.
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