HDMI cords have changed our lives since the technology was released with televisions, video projectors, and audio-visual help. However, since we are increasingly living our lives on our phones and tablets, what do we do when something doesn't have an HDMI connection? There is no high-quality equivalent USB-C cord that will make it easier for us to project from our phones.
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HDMI Licensing announced on Friday that there will be a new cable standard that connects HDMI devices and USB-C ports. HDMI Alt Mode "supports the full range of HDMI 1.4b features, including up to 4K resolution, 3D video, ethernet over HDMI, HDCP 1.4/2.2 copy protection, Deep Color, Audio Return Channel, and the CEC (Consumer Electronic Control) protocol that automatically switches a display to the proper input source," according to Tech Hive.
The idea is to develop an HDMI-to-USB Type-C cable that will bring together the cabling tools used in the PC and electronics industries, reducing the number of cords required. The source devices, tablets, PCs, and smartphones, will be able to work with TVs and monitors easily.
“The USB Type-C connector is gaining traction in the mobile and PC markets,” said HDMI Licensing, LLC president Rob Tobias. “Consumers expect to easily connect these devices to displays with a USB Type-C to HDMI cable and utilize the capabilities and features of native HDMI. This specification will also result in more source devices incorporating HDMI,” which already total about 6 billion, he said.
The older adaptors will be phased out eventually.
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USB-IF president Jeff Ravencraft said that his organization will work with HDMI Licensing so that consumers have some familiarity with the product.