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Michael Schaller Director of USA Operations Kordz, USA May, 2013
Why is HDMI Seemingly so Messed Up? Some History Some Problems Why the Problems The HDMI Version Numbers The Future Open Forum
Worked at HDMI Licensing, LLC ◦ 2006 to 2009 ◦ First Person in Charge of Compliance ◦ Interop Group ◦ Handled All Major Functions Kordz USA, Inc. ◦ USA Operations Since 2009 ◦ IC Realtime Master Distributor
No locking Connector – Falls out? Never Seems to Work Right? Doesn’t Go Long Distances? No Field Termination? Version Numbers All over the Place? Finicky and Touchy? Not Easy to Work With? Expensive? Who Designed This Anyway?
Adopters, By the Numbers ◦ Q1CY06 = 365 ◦ Q1CY07 = 574 ◦ Q1CY08 = 828 ◦ Q1CY13 = Over 1300 Adopters! Over a BILLION Units! ALL New HDTV’s produced have HDMI ◦ The Founder’s “Home Run” Number(s)? Adopters? Units?
Originated by Silicon Image ◦ Semi-Conductor Company (Not CE) DVI on Steroids ◦ Add Audio, and Viola! Originally Intended for Networking/Computers ◦ Not Originally intended for CE Always Backwards Compatible ◦ Even with DVI? ◦ No locking…?
Where Did the “Founder’s” Come From? ◦ The Story Behind the Founders ◦ The Players Who Made this Happen Wrong industry? What Does Hollywood Have to Do With Technology? ◦ Yes, Content Protection, HDCP ◦ Remember the Record Industry???
Sony Panasonic Silicon Image Hitachi Phillips Thompson Toshiba You Got To Love A Founders Meeting!
What Kinds of Compliance ◦ Trade Mark ◦ Product How To Ensure Compliance ◦ Know your Suppliers Problems With Compliance ◦ Enforceable? Different Country Laws Staffing Moving Targets
The Specification Gotchas ◦ THE Definition of HDMI – From a Technical Standpoint ◦ Min and Max ◦ Implementation is up to the Manufacturer Varying Degrees of Quality/Price ◦ Most make what the clients want – kind of. ◦ You get what you pay for. Manufacturers Interpretation ◦ Sometimes, it gets lost in the translation… Cutting Corners (manufacturing)
Piracy is Rampant ◦ Sometimes from Legit Manufactures (overruns) ◦ Sometimes Small shops (for a quick $$$) ◦ Sometimes from Coordinated Business Practice China Connection ◦ Government Getting Better, but… ◦ Who pays is important How Do you Tell? ◦ Super Important to Work With Trusted Partners ◦ Realistically, sometimes you cannot tell a pirated until its too Late
EDID Read (Handshake) Cables (Handshake) HPC Detect Repeater Support Different Manufacturers Interpretation (See CEC) Quality – Again! For the most part, many of these issues are going away – Thankfully!
Process for Becoming an Adopter Only One Entity in the Whole Chain… ◦ Section 6.2 What an Adopter Agrees to Do Types of Adopters (2 Types) Royalties Administration of the Agreement Sometimes, it’s not so cut and dry!
Groundwork for the Process ◦ Testing Guidelines First Source, Sink… ◦ Really, this is the process!?!?!? Self Testing ◦ Yup, Self Testing Self Regulation ◦ Yup, Self Regulation Testing Centers ◦ ATC’s = Certified ◦ Other, non-certified ◦ One in between (Simplay Labs)
Brief History of Versions ◦ 1.0 – 1.1 – Mostly Around Interpretation (2002-2004) No Compliance ◦ 1.2 – 1.2a – Mostly CEC (2005) No Compliance ◦ 1.3 – 1.3a – Repeater Support, High Speed, Finally Compliance! (2006) ◦ 1.4 – 1.4a – Ethernet, ARC, Compliance Focus, No Version Numbers - Cables ◦ What about 1.3b, 1.3c, etc???? Trademark and Logo Guidelines ◦ 2007 – First attempt of Compliance thru Trade Mark No Version Numbers – Current Stance ◦ What if I see Version Numbers?
Buy from HDMI Adopters ◦ A Higher Standard ◦ Check Out www.hdmi.org Purchase Known Quality ◦ Sometimes, low cost can cost you (Value) Test Before Installation ◦ You Would be Surprised on how many still don’t.. Know The HDMI Gotchas Backwards Compatibility – Know This ◦ HDMI will always “Dumb Down” to the lowest version number. ◦ What about that extender?!?!
The New 4K/ULTRA Format ◦ Requires more Juice, 300Mhz Silicon The Industry has Been Lazy ◦ Easy for the last 6 Years For the First Time Ever, we are Testing the Limits of the HDMI Specification ◦ Still not there, but 8.91Gbps is close The Truth About “High Speed” ◦ Definition of “High Speed” vs “Standard Speed” ◦ NOT required to run 1080p ◦ What are those cables “in the wall”?
4K ◦ It’s Here ◦ Adoption Rate less then 1080p (3-4 years – MAX) ◦ You will find out about the interconnects – Unfortunately. New Open Forum ◦ Crazy Times at HDMI – Herding cats! ◦ Fall, 2013 (Please, Hold your Breath!) Technology and Beyond ◦ Proposed doubling of the 4K/ULTRA Specification
No locking Connector – Falls Out? Never Seems to Work Right? Doesn’t Go Long Distances? No Field Termination? Version Numbers All over the Place? Finicky and Touchy? Not Easy to Work With? Expensive? Who Designed This Anyway?
Valens Semi Conductor Already on Specification 2.0 No Trademark and Logo Guidelines until 2.0 Specification? No Royalties – Yet? The Technology ◦ Stable ◦ NOT the HDMI “Killer” as Advertised ◦ Basic Technology is one to scramble and then reconstitute the signal.
Two Basic Chip Sets The Four, er, Five Play Package What Does The Future Look Like for HDBaseT?