minidp hdmi Mini DisplayPort to HDMI cables said to breach HDMI spec

Here's one of these stories that makes you wonder how silly things can get. The organization behind the HDMI specification, HDMI.org has gone out and said that mini DisplayPort to HDMI cables are breaching the HDMI spec and as such they're not to be sold.

Here's one of these stories that makes you wonder how silly things can get. The organization behind the HDMI specification, HDMI.org has gone out and said that mini DisplayPort to HDMI cables are breaching the HDMI spec and as such they're not to be sold.

Yes, you did read that correct, as apparently the HDMI specifications states that all HDMI cables has to have a male HDMI connector in both ends. Talk about being overprotective over a standard that is already raking in millions in royalty payments that every cable and device makers has to pony up to the HDMI.org.

minidp hdmi Mini DisplayPort to HDMI cables said to breach HDMI spec

The cables in question aren't that widely in use so far, as the mini DisplayPort connector was only widely used on Apple's MacBook range of computers last year after having become a part of the DisplayPort standard in late 2009. The problem is that the DisplayPort interface doesn't use LVDS signalling like HDMI and DVI, so an active or passive adapter is needed and this is built into the cables that are now being pulled from the market.

HDMI.org's solution to the problem is also ridiculous, as they're telling consumers to go out and buy a dongle with an adapter built into from mini DisplayPort to female HDMI port, as these types of adapters are approved. We really can't see what kind of different it would make, except for the fact that it's an additional cost and hassle for consumers. Apparently the HDMI.org has recognized the fact that consumers want a single cable, but their only response right now is to say that such a cable can't be produced under the current licensing system, a pretty weak response in our opinion.

Source: TechRadar