HDMI to Mini DisplayPort cables ruled illegal

Written by Paul Goodhead

July 12, 2011 // 1:14 p.m.

Tags: #cable #connection #display-port #hdmi #hdmi-org #hdtv #mini-displayport #mini-display-port #wire

The HDMI Organisation, which is responsible for licensing the HDMI connection standard, has announced that Mini DisplayPort to HDMI cables are unlicensed, and should be removed from sale immediately.

The news, which was reported first by TechRadar means that the hundreds of thousands of adaptor cables in the supply chain can’t be sold, as the HDMI Organisation has deemed them to be outside of the HDMI specification.

The organisation explained to the site that ‘the HDMI specification defines an HDMI cable as having only HDMI connectors on the ends. Anything else is not a licensed use of the specification and therefore, not allowed.

While the HDMI Organisation acknowledged that ‘there may be a market need for a cable solution rather than a dongle solution’, the organisation sticks by its opinion that ‘at this time, there is no way to produce these cable products in a licensed manner.

However, the HDMI Organisation says that conversion cables with a female HDMI socket on one end and a DisplayPort connector on the other (pictured) will be fine, as you still need to buy a full-spec and properly tested HDMI cable in order to use it.

Do you currently use an HDMI to Mini DisplayPort cable? Is the HDMI Organisation's objection to these sorts of cables valid? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.
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