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Submission + - DisplayPort-To-HDMI Cables Illegal, Face Recall 1

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "PC Magazine reports that the licensing company overseeing the HDMI specification has confirmed that existing Mini DisplayPort-to-HDMI adapters which are designed by several cable makers and sold by several PC OEMs, are apparently illegal and could be recalled. According to Charlene Wan, director of marketing for HDMI LLC, any cable that does not include HDMI connectors on both ends violates the specification. "The HDMI specification defines an HDMI cable as having ONLY HDMI connectors on the ends," says Wan. "Anything else is not a licensed use of the specification and therefore, not allowed." That apparently includes Apple's mini-DisplayPort-to-HDMI adapters, which are sold by Belkin on Apple's Web site. However a representative for Belkin denies that the cable it sells on Apple's Web site is illegal. "Essentially, the product you mention in your post is not out of compliance because it is just an adaptor and not a cable," the representative wrote in an email. "We do not sell a cable with a male Mini-DP and male HDMI port, which is what falls out of compliance with the spec. HDMI does recognize a product that has a Mini-DP connector and HDMI receptacle with an internal active circuitry as it falls into the definition of a source device." There may also be a glimmer of hope, in that HDMI Org understands that there is a need for this type of cable: "We do recognise that there may be a market need for a cable solution rather than a dongle solution. However, at this time, there is no way to produce these cable products in a licensed manner.""
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DisplayPort-To-HDMI Cables Illegal, Face Recall

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  • "We do recognise that there may be a market need for a cable solution rather than a dongle solution." How is a dongle different from a short cable?

    The TechRadar article implies that it (somehow) depends on the gender of the connectors: "cables with a DisplayPort socket on one side and an HDMI female receptacle on the other (essentially a dongle) are okay. This is because a licensed HDMI lead can slot into them." Has anyone seen any definition of "dongle" that defined it in terms of connector gender?

Always leave room to add an explanation if it doesn't work out.