Attending CES is a great way to meet people willing to enlighten you with another side of an argument. The surprise topic that emerged was HDMI.
HDMI is everywhere. The A/V industry has a holy grail connector, and it is HDMI. It uses three copper diff-pairs to send data at an aggregate rate of 10Gb/S. It appears to me this would be a great candidate for serial optical technology as current HDMI cables are short, fat, and expensive. Regardless, all future video/audio transmission in the living room has converged on HDMI.
The only exception is computing, which according to many on the show floor is trending towards Displayport. HDMI requires royalties to Silicon Image (SIMG), and the razor-thin margins computing guys are forced to live with won’t tolerate that. Even though it would make perfect sense for computing and entertainment to converge on one connector, it appears the patent antics (….cough….RAMBUS (RMBS)) within a standards group have struck again.
Unclear what this all means today – either Silicon Image is the next Rambus v1.0 (i.e. license revenue from everyone) or they are the next Rambus v2.0 (i.e. drive computing industry away from your tech because you are too greedy). Displayport is worth watching as it appears to be the only potential spoiler.
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