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HDMI Licensing, LLC, the agent responsible for licensing the high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) specification, has announced that the support of the interconnection across the industry substantially increased since last year and that in 2007 there will be 130 million devices shipped with HDMI interface.

According to HDMI Licensing, today more than 500 manufacturers have adopted the standard, a 60% increase since the International Consumer Electronics Show in January 2006.

“HDMI is rapidly becoming a household name, as consumers are seeing a clear advantage of the standard for its simplicity and superior capabilities,” said Leslie Chard, president of HDMI Licensing, LLC.

HDMI is the de facto standard connector for high-definition consumer electronics devices, including TVs, set-top boxes, DVD players and A/V receivers. In addition, HDMI is enjoying rapid growth in the game console, PC and mobile markets, as manufacturers meet consumer demand for multimedia convergence. More than 130 million devices featuring HDMI are expected to ship in 2007, according to market researcher In-Stat cited by HDMI Licensing company.

In June 2006, the HDMI Founders announced the HDMI 1.3 specification, the most significant upgrade yet in the interface. Products with HDMI 1.3 connectors are starting to appear on the market, starting in November with the PlayStation 3 (PS3) from Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

HDMI Licensing recently announced the availability of version 1.3a of the Compliance Test Specification (CTS). The new CTS mandates that HDCP testing be included in the HDMI Compliance testing procedure, responding to market plea for conformity of all HDMI devices.

“In 2007, we expect a rapid proliferation of devices with HDMI 1.3 features, such as Deep Color, new audio standards and the xvYCC color gamut. HDMI is continually evolving to meet the needs of the market, and products implementing new versions of the HDMI specification will continue to be fully backward compatible with earlier HDMI products.” Mr. Chard added.

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