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Startup rolls HDMI 1.4 connectors

Posted: 22 Jun 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Fabless chip startup RedMere Technology Inc. has announced the availability of silicon to support new active cable designs for version 1.4 of the HDMI specification.

HDMI Licensing LLC recently made its version 1.4 specification available to adopters. It includes support for 100Mbit/s Ethernet, an audio return channel and support for higher resolution displays. Chips based on the new spec are expected to be released soon by companies including Silicon Image, parent of the HDMI licensing firm.

RedMere said its RM1689 device family enables ultrathin cables for camera and portable applications using the new Micro HDMI (D-type) connector. The Micro HDMI Connector, about 50 percent smaller than the existing HDMI Mini Connector, is a 19-pin connector that supports up to 1080p resolutions for portable devices.

"The tiny Micro HDMI connector will bring HDMI to video and digital still cameras, smart phones and media players," said Peter Smyth, CEO of RedMere, in a statement.

RedMere said it is working with its global customer base to bring 1.4-compatible cables to the market that are fully compliant with the features of the 1.4 specification and which use the company's self-powered MagnifEye Active chipset. The company said it also provides cable reference solutions for support of the new networking and audio return channel features of the standard.

- Dylan McGrath
EE Times

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