Android and Apple tablet makers, who have used Mini DisplayPort to HDMI ports in their devices, are facing trouble after a HDMI Organization source said the mini connection does not fulfill HDMI spec
Android and Apple tablet makers, who have used Mini DisplayPort to HDMI ports in their devices’ hardware, are facing trouble after a HDMI Organization source said the mini connection does not fulfill HDMI specification.
High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) is a compact audio/video interface for sending out uncompressed digital data. It a digital substitute to consumer analog standards such as radio frequency or VGA.
Most of the market leaders have been hit by this problem. Among them popular tablet brands include Apple’s notebook, Motorola’s Xoom tablets, BlackBerry as well as Acer, Cisco and Viewsonic.
Due to the problem thousands of cables will have to be recalled. HDMI Org explains that the Mini DisplayPort to HDMI cables do not fulfill the proper specifications. David Richards, a tech journalist, says “As a result the organization that licenses the HDMI cable that banned the use of the device which is being promoted as the means to connect a tablet or thin notebook to a TV to get Full HD from a device to a TV.”
HDMI Org also claims that these brands have not received a proper license from them nor have they requested any authorization for the use of the ports. In order to use Mini DisplayPort HDMI connectivity they must pay for the license fees and seek proper approval if they want to use the Mini DisplayPort name along with their devices. This unlawful practice by large firms is astonishing to say the least.
An official from the HDMI Org said that they have asked several tablet producers to replace the Mini DP plug that is currently fitted into tablets with a socket for it to conform to their standards and regulations.
Only a few firms have complied with their regulations so far. One of them is the famous Toshiba which has used the full HDMI plug in their recently released A100 tablet.
In the future more brands should follow regulations and abide by the rules set by organizations if they are to use their products and technologies. Such unlawful acts cannot be expected from one of the largest technology manufacturers and brands of the world, such as Apple. If they are not to comply with these standards then it would be hard to imagine other coattail firms to do so either.