Hardware Steven Kippel on 20 Jan 2010

New HDMI logos and naming

New HDMI logos and naming

Over the past several months, HDMI 1.4 has been talked about. There has been a lot of confusion about what exactly the new version will offer. With a huge boost in available bandwidth, support for higher resolutions, 3D video, and even Ethernet. There is even a new mini connector.

While there are still a lot of questions, HDMI LLC, the governing body for the HDMI interface, there is information out about the future labeling scheme. HDMI is attempting to quash product confusion while cracking down on false advertisement and non-certified cables. Below are listed some of the new guidelines.

“The names for cable types shall be used exactly as specified and shall not be modified…in any way.”

This means there can be no descriptor added to the names of the cables. The only cable types allowed by HDMI LLC are the following:

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Effective as of January 1, 2012, all non-cable products cannot make any reference to HDMI version numbers. Until that time Adopters can use HDMI version numbers only when the feature or features associated with that HDMI version number is clearly specified. For instance, a manufacturer can describe a product as featuring “HDMI® v.1.4 with Audio Return Channel and HDMI Ethernet Channel,” but may not describe a product as being “HDMI® v.1.4 compliant.”

Hopefully this doesn’t mean we’ll have more labeling issues on the next version.

This is all interesting because when you visit the official HDMI website they have the 1.4 designation all over the place.

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