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Thursday, December 03, 2009

HDMI in PCs Enable OTT Video Use on TVs

Device interface evolution helps multimedia usage to blossom in the digital home. High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) adoption continues to gain ground across several segments. Meanwhile, the now legacy Digital Visual Interface (DVI) is gradually declining, according to the latest study by In-Stat.

Within the PC segment, HDMI made significant strides in 2008, doubling its penetration from 6.1 percent in 2007 to 12.3 percent in 2008. The number of mobile PCs (laptops, notebook, etc) with HDMI increased 76 percent over the same period. That's an important metric, because PC HDMI cable connections make it easier to watch over-the-top (OTT) video on an HDTV screen.

"HDMI's success continues to be led by the consumer electronics (CE) segment," says Brian O’Rourke, In-Stat analyst. "HDMI has been adopted nearly universally in digital televisions (DTV), which account for the single largest HDMI application."

The next big HDMI growth area is in portable CE devices, including digital camcorders, digital still cameras, and portable media players (PMPs). Vendors hope to drive adoption of HDMI into mobile phones, where the more than one billion annual shipments are a tempting target.

DVI and HDMI are related, high-bandwidth, unidirectional, uncompressed digital interface standards.

In-Stat's market study found the following:

- HDMI-enabled product shipments will increase at an annual rate of 20.3% through 2013.

- DVI-enabled product shipments will decrease at an annual rate of 8.1 percent through 2013.

- The industry has developed smaller connectors such as mini-HDMI and micro-HDMI to make the standard more attractive to mobile device makers.

- The Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL), developed by HDMI chip vendor Silicon Image, is an attempt to create a standard to transfer HD video off of mobile phones.