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Toshiba teams with handset makers on 1080p mobile-to-TV link

updated 09:50 pm EDT, Wed April 14, 2010

Standard aims to provide HD video, power

Nokia, Samsung, Silcon Image, Sony and Toshiba have joined forces to create the Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) Consortium that aims to develop a new mobile audio/video interface for connecting mobile devices to HDTVs. The standard is designed to provide 1080p video and digital audio over a small cable, which also provides power to the device.

Although a number of mobile devices are currently using Mini HDMI connectors, the HDMI standard uses 19 pins without sending power to the mobile device. MHL technology is said to focus on a lower pin count, without sacrificing video resolution or other features such as control signals. The system also supports HDCP, allowing users to play protected content.

The standard could have a significant impact on other handset makers such as Apple, as many high-end devices offer HD video output via Mini HDMI. iPhone owners can purchase a component AV cable to output video and audio to a TV, although the accessory requires five connectors and limits the maximum resolution to 576i.

The MHL Consortium has already created an abridged draft specification for evaluation purposes, while the final release is expected sometime in the first half of this year.

by MacNN Staff



  1. t0mat0

    Joined: Dec 1969


    30 pin, then Light Peak?

    Why would Apple follow this - wouldn't they want to keep with the 30 pin dock connector? Then either roll Light Peak into this, or use a Light Peak connector? Apple's created a whole ecosystem for 30 pin - chargers, docks, accessories. Why would they change that? Especially for someone else's cable sort? Wouldn't they rather get a converter? It'd be useful to get iPhone to HDTV cabling, but i'd imagine Apple's had plans on this for a while.

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