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Friday, February 13, 2009

Digital Multimedia Adoption Beyond HDTV

It wasn't long ago that finding a notebook PC with a FireWire port (IEEE 1394) was quite rare. Clearly, it's now a standard interface. Adoption of high-definition digital multimedia continues to drive the need for increasingly faster data transfer options between consumer electronics devices.

As adoption of HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) ports approaches 100 percent in digital televisions, the interface is now moving into TV set-top boxes, DVD equipment and mobile PCs, according to the latest market study by In-Stat.

Overall, HDMI-enabled product shipments will increase at an annual rate of 23 percent between 2007 and 2012.

In the near future, portable electronic devices, such as digital camcorders, digital still cameras, and portable media players (PMPs) will be among the emerging device categories to watch.

"The rapid escalation of HDMI in standard-definition and Blue laser DVD players and recorders is directly related to HDMI's success in HDTVs," says Brian O'Rourke, In-Stat analyst.

Digital visual interface (DVI) and HDMI, are related, high-bandwidth, unidirectional, uncompressed digital interface standards.

In-Stat's market study found the following:

- HDMI adoption in mobile computers is estimated at nearly a quarter of all systems shipped in 2008.

- IPTV set top boxes will see the highest adoption among pay TV set top boxes, growing to 85 percent penetration and 17.6 million boxes by 2012.

- HDMI penetration in portable media players will approach 10 percent by 2012.

- Rising adoption of HDMI and DisplayPort interfaces will negatively impact DVI adoption. DVI-enabled product shipments will decline at an annual rate of 30 percent through 2012.