Saturday, July 9, 2011

HDMI Organization Says Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Cables Cannot Be Sold

HDMI Licensing, LLC, the agent responsible for administration of the HDMI Specification, says Mini DisplayPort to HDMI cannot be sold and should be withdrawn from stores.

TechRadar was told that there are several reasons for this:

"The HDMI specification defines an HDMI cable as having only HDMI connectors on the ends. Anything else is not a licensed use of the specification and therefore, not allowed."

Also, "All HDMI products undergo compliance testing as defined by the Compliance Testing Specification. The CTS clearly defines necessary tests for all products defined in the HDMI Specification. Since this new cable product is undefined in the Specification, there are no tests associated with this product. It cannot be tested against the Specification."

MacRumors reports that Monoprice has already discontinued their cable; however, the Apple Store is still selling the cable.

For those who need to go from Mini DisplayPort to HDMI, an alternative would be using a Mini DisplayPort to a female HDMI dongle.

*thanks iclarified*

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