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Date: 08-09-16

HDMI unveils USB Type – C connector as an alternative mode

HDMI Licensing, LLC releases HDMI Alternate Mode (“Alt Mode”) for the USB Type-C Specification. So that , the HDMI-enabled source devices can utilize a USB Type-C connector to directly connect to HDMI-enabled displays. It can deliver native HDMI signals over a simple cable without the need for inconvenient protocol and connector adapters or dongles.

Smart phones, tablets and PC products adopt multi-purpose USB Type-C connector that would be the small form factor, reversible, and multi-purpose. The HDMI display interface comes up with an installed base of billions of displays such as projectors, monitors and 100 percent of flat panel TVs. The most popular solutions for connectivity comes together.

Almost 290 million HDMI-enabled display devices are expected to ship in 2016. HDMI Alt Mode will support the full range of HDMI 1.4b with features such as resolutions up to 4K, Audio Return Channel (ARC), 3D, HDMI Ethernet Channel, and Consumer Electronic Control (CEC). The HDMI cable will utilize the USB Type-C connector on the source side and any HDMI connector on the display side. HDMI Alt Mode enables an easy connection via a simple USB Type-C to HDMI cable when compared to other Alt Mode display technologies that require various adapters or dongles.

Rob Tobias, president of HDMI Licensing, LLC s said, “The USB Type-C connector is gaining traction in the mobile and PC markets”. “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. HDMI continues to evolve to meet the needs of the over 1,600 worldwide adopters making HDMI products, and grow upon the nearly six billion HDMI devices shipped.”

Jeff Ravencraft, USB-IF President and COO said, “USB Type-C is quickly becoming the connector of choice for many types of consumer electronics products wanting a single solution for audio, video, data and power,”.

“Easily connecting devices with USB Type-C to the huge installed base of HDMI-enabled TVs is a substantial benefit to consumers. We’re also coordinating with HDMI Licensing to ensure consumers can recognize when HDMI Alt Mode is supported on USB Type-C devices.”

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