What is High-Definition Multimedia Interface(HDMI)?:You have seen the cable which connects your TV, Console or PC to monitor, HDMI cable as you familiar with terms very long time ago. But How HDMI work, What is HDMI and Why HDMI is the main attraction of this topic, we’ll able to cover each and every topic in our article and this will surely to know more about HDMI sit back and relax.

What is HDMI?:

HDMI or High Definition Multimedia Interface is trademark name of an audio/video interface for transferring video data to display. As HDMI has grab almost whole industry either Notebook, Gaming Console, PC GPU, PC, Smart TV (Apple TV or Android TV) and various other Display devices. As HDMI has become standard port to connect your device to Display as many smartphones also have an adapter or smart output like Microsoft Display Adapter or Chrome cast to display mobile data to Screen.

HDMI Port Uses
HDMI Port Uses

HDMI is used after the digital replacement for analog video standard, as previous device century devices use the analog port for connecting the device to TV or display but HDMI surpasses all these, HDMI also surpasses Computer standard like VGA or DVI Ports. As HDMI provide more bandwidth with other various beneficial features like low latency display, high frame rates, high-resolution display can be possible. While recently HDMI can able to output a 4K display up to 30 Fps which is amazing, While the new update of HDMI will make HDMI perform more high FPS.

HDMI Cable Structure
HDMI Cable Structure Arrangement

HDMI has several version updates after the release of this technology while most recent is HDMI 2.0 which was released in 2013. As the new version of HDMI developed during all these spans but the port and cable connector are still the same. While there is other improvements were also seen in a new update like Hi-Def Sound, Even Dolby Sound Effect was also supported. Video capacity, performance, resolution, color, 3D Feature and various other tech are present on HDMI till date.

HDMI Cable Description
HDMI Cable Description

HDMI was started manufacturing production of consumer HDMI product started in late 2003. As time passes adoption and mass expansion is started and till date, there is over 4 billion HDMI device have been sold. You can image how popular this port is.

HDMI is present in 5 Type of port which include Type A, Type B, Type C, Type D and Type E. HDMI is also compatible with various previous ports like DVI, VGA and many other.

During the development, HDMI saw many version which includes just under to give you little deep knowledge about progression.

Version 1.0

HDMI version 1.0 was released December 9, 2002, is first single cable solution for video and audio connector interface. As HDMI is capable of giving bandwidth about 4.95 Gbit/s. As this amount of bandwidth is way more as we compared that time.

Version 1.1 

It released on May 20, 2004, and added DVD-Audio. As this Time various other cable has more market share but HDMI is started to make its significance.

Version 1.2

This version was released on August 8,2005 which added the option of One Bit Audio, used on Super Audio CDs. There is the inclusion of HDMI type A connectors for PC sources.It was also revised and bring 1.2a was released on December 13, 2005, which various tech available that time.

Version 1.3

Version 1.3 was released June 22, 2006, which increase the single-link bandwidth to 340 MHz (10.2Gbit/s) It also supports many industry words like Dolby TrueHD, sRGB color and many other. There is also a revised version which brings modification for type C and related on Nov 10, 2006. HDMI 1.3 also received small update till 2008.

Version 1.4

After Version 1.3, Version 1.4 was released on May 28, 2009, as this version increases the capacity of HDMI way beyond to support 4K and 2K at 24Hz. HDMI also add 3D support, Adobe RGB color, and much other support. Update version HDMI 1.4a was released on March 4, 2010, with two additional 3D formats for broadcast content which was deferred with HDMI 1.4 in order to see the direction of the 3D broadcast market. So now you can broadcast Movies, Game and various other content over HDMI.

Version 2.0

This version was released on Sep 4, 2013 which is made for UHD products, as this cable is capable of giving output about 18Gbit/s. Which means that it can carry 4K content at 60 fps/ It also support recent color standard and various another tech.

HDMI 2.0a was released on April 8, 2015, to support HDR content as various console and computer industry target to make gaming in HDR during 2017, as many titles were announced to release in 2017. Version 2.1 will soon be released with the support for the various new feature and more bandwidth speed.

Different Version Of HDMI
Different Version Of HDMI


HDMI industry is here for over a decade and many devices will support HDMI interface, as professional will able to get more feature out of HDMI display, other industries like Gaming, Engineering and many other which feature display work also enjoy HDMI interface.

Consumer grade HDMI also functions very nice and each device like Notebook, TV or Smart device support HDMI port for display or either adapter.

So HDMI has a larger appearance in the industry we think of but the recent development of Type C and Thunderbolt may stop this progress as Apple recent MacBook Pro support all Thunderbolt as these display has more bandwidth than HDMI and also capable of doing other work like powering device and data transfer. So in future HDMI may submerge into TypeC or Thunderbolt Display. While DisplayPort is the biggest future competitor of HDMI and both these port have tussle to made an impact on industry.

So hope you may find something interesting in you article today and get more about HDMI today.


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