HDMI is the Bee's Knees, Promoters (and In-Stat) Say

Paul Lilly

If you want to know what's all that and a bag of delicious potato chips (preferably Sea Salt & Vinegar, mmm), look no further than your HDMI cord and compatible electronic devices, of which you should have many. In 2012, market research firm In-Stat expects 1,150 licensed HDMI Adopters to ship more than 800 million HDMI-compliant products, a prediction HDMI Licensing, LLC and the HDMI Forum, Inc. are all too happy to announce.

They have reason to be excited. If In-Stat's crystal ball is locked onto a true future timeline, the number of HDMI-compliant product shipments will increase 17 percent over 2011 and translate into an installed base of over 3.1 billion HDMI products worldwide, which itself would be a 34 percent jump over 2011.

"During 2011, HDMI technology expanded its reach in the consumer electronics space and started to penetrate new market segments such as automotive and portable handheld devices," said Steve Venuti, president of HDMI Licensing, LLC. "With the launch of the HDMI Forum in October of 2011, we expect to see even stronger demand for HDMI technology in the coming years."

The HDMI Forum oversees all new standardization activities, such as the development of future versions of the HDMI spec. It currently consists of 43 members with a number of technology heavyweights, companies like Apple, AMD, Dolby, Hitachi, Motorola, Nvidia, Panasonic, Samsung, Sharp, Toshiba, and dozens more.

"We are very pleased that in just over 2 months, 43 leading consumer electronics, PC and mobile products companies have joined the HDMI Forum," said Rambod Jacoby, president of the HDMI Forum, Inc. "With broader participation in the development of the HDMI Specification, HDMI will continue to be the leading consumer interface for HD devices."

The next version of the HDMI Specification will introduce higher resolutions and address new video timings and other features. It's expected to be ready in the second half of this year.

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