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HDMI Type D Mini Connector Prototyped


HDMI Type D Mini Connector Prototyped

The next revision of the HDMI standard will apparently be adding a new, extra-small connector to the spec. The Type D plug is similar in size to Micro USB but, cleverly, still has the same 19 pins as a standard Type A HDMI connector.

This pin-for-pin compatibility means that direct Type D to Type A connections would be possible. As such a mobile phone or media player capable of playing high definition content could be hooked up directly to an HDTV using HDMI.

With a growing number of small, portable devices now purporting to offer HD playback, such as the Omnia HD, the Flip Mino HD and, rumour has it, the Zune HD, it's definitely a good thing to see a standard, universal connector emerging. I'm sure I'm not alone in my hatred of proprietary ports and cables.

The next version of the HDMI standard will apparently arrive this half of 2009, so products using the connector will likely appear not long afterwards.




May 11, 2009, 4:25 pm

if this doesn't make it onto a mac laptop...


May 11, 2009, 7:01 pm

Is it wrong to be even more concerned for Apple's move to DisplayPort now?


May 11, 2009, 10:29 pm

DisplayPort (DP) is HDMI without any royalty fees. I guess you don't see DP port as companies signed several year contract to have HDMI, securing the port future to Sony and partners.

I would like to see more DP ports, as the plugs hold very well, and has a similar feature as the iPod cable clip system, but on the larger side of the plug, easier to press down, which ensures that the plug won't fall off, which seams to be a problem on many TV's based on what I read on forums.


May 12, 2009, 8:43 pm

You can envisage this new, more diminutive, connector being rammed into USB ports by users can't you..!

Incidentally the comment on proprietary connectors is quite right, it is something that should be avoided like the plague, furthermore you can probably extend this to all fields of computing (Hardware Physics standards anyone?).

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