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HDMI gets new guidelines

HDMI gets new guidelines

HDMI capable products will see a new branding platform that will help eliminate some of the confusion surround the connection.

DVI, HDMI, Dual link, DisplayPort, Component, Composite, S-Video - there are so many video connections out there it can be a bit overwhelming. When you take into account that some have multiple variations and specifications, your head might feel like it's going to explode when trying to find the one for you and your setup.

HDMI Licensing, LLC is hoping to clear some of the confusion that surrounds the HDMI connection by introducing new Trademark and Logo Usage Guidelines for manufacturers to use on their products.

Since the inception of HDMI almost half a decade ago, the connection has seen more revisions then I have fingers on one hand - seven, to be exact (the number of revisions, not the number of fingers on my hand). Trying to figure out which revision to use can be just a little nerve wracking to some. The new guidelines should help out in that department as manufacturers will now need to mark which features of the connection the product support.

"Our goal with the release of the HDMI Trademark and Logo Usage Guidelines is to provide the CE industry with a common language to explain HDMI functionality, and to ensure that the new terms will clearly describe the performance of each feature to the consumer," said Les Chard, HDMI Licensing president.

"To further support manufacturers, retailers and installers in helping consumers make better informed decisions; we have created a map of HDMI features with terminology that is easy to communicate. With the new guidelines, the industry now has the means to do that more effectively."

The new Trademark and Logo Usage Guidelines are in effect now and are required on all HDMI capable products that shipped after October 17.

Of course, if HDMI isn't the way for you, you can always read up on DisplayPort and see if that might be the route that you want to take.

Think that this will help clear up the confusion or will you just stick with what you have for now? Leave your thoughts over in the forums.

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quack 24th October 2007, 15:36 Quote
The majority of consumers will still be confused by it. Especially since "does it look good and how much is it?" is probably all they're thinking. ;)
Bursar 24th October 2007, 15:45 Quote
BT have an indepth write up on DisplayPort, and shortly after there's a new logo requirement for HDMI. Hmm, I think the HDMI bods are worried about people finding out about DisplayPort!
speedfreek 24th October 2007, 16:12 Quote
Make a standard and stick with it, I am still running off of D-Sub and I am happy with it. I have seen DVI come and even now it isn't standard on all computers, HDMI is a DRM scheme with no great advantage besides it being only one cable, and display port is too new to even judge yet. If someone could just pick one and stick with it it would make it easier on everyone, based on what I read on display port it seems to be the best step to a standard that should at least be around more than a year or two in the mainstream.
Spaceraver 24th October 2007, 16:32 Quote
Heh, I personally dont give a damn. XPSP2 + D-sub or DVI all the way baby. Not unless i am forced to upgrade to something like HDMI or Displayport am i gonna do so. And why call it displayport, when is has audio too?? that is what we have audio cables for. And seperate speakers. I still loathe built in speakers, they sound like übercrap
Firehed 24th October 2007, 17:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by quack
The majority of consumers will still be confused by it. Especially since "does it look good and how much is it?" is probably all they're thinking. ;)
That's all I'd be thinking, tbh. I've hit a point where I don't really care exactly how it works so long as it DOES. Sure, I may only get 98% of the performance, but all of the time I'd otherwise waste trying to get that last 2% is no longer worth it to me.
speedfreek 24th October 2007, 18:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by Firehed
That's all I'd be thinking, tbh. I've hit a point where I don't really care exactly how it works so long as it DOES. Sure, I may only get 98% of the performance, but all of the time I'd otherwise waste trying to get that last 2% is no longer worth it to me.

You lost you true geek spirit!
OleJ 24th October 2007, 21:04 Quote
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Originally Posted by speedfreek

You lost you true geek spirit!

Or maybe he grew up, got a job, a family, further interests, realized one of many truths of geeking?

Once you've realized what Firehed says, you've taken on a new perspective. A broader one that sometimes actually let you leetgeek the things that matter instead of wasting your time on things that just want to waste your time.

;-)
DXR_13KE 24th October 2007, 23:46 Quote
i am going with display port..... its freeeeeeeeeeee..... :D
cjoyce1980 25th October 2007, 08:41 Quote
HDMI 1.4 baby, looks like sony will have to update there PS3....again.........
devdevil85 26th October 2007, 02:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by cjoyce1980
HDMI 1.4 baby, looks like sony will have to update there PS3....again.........
looks like MS will have to update their 360.....again.........

whether they go with v1.4 idk, since they are currently on v1.2......
DXR_13KE 28th October 2007, 15:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by cjoyce1980
HDMI 1.4 baby, looks like sony will have to update there PS3....again.........
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Originally Posted by devdevil85
looks like MS will have to update their 360.....again.........

whether they go with v1.4 idk, since they are currently on v1.2......
looks like everyone will have to update their hardware..... again.......
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