Big Hitters Team Up for Mobile Hi-Def Interface

Nokia, Samsung, Silicon Image, Sony and Toshiba have formed a Mobile High-Definition Interface Working Group that intends to create an industry standard for an audio/video interface to connect mobile phones or portable consumer electronics (CE) devices directly to high-definition televisions (HDTVs) and displays. The new mobile connectivity standard, based on Silicon Image's Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) technology, will be defined, promoted and marketed by the Working Group as an industry standard that will be open to anyone desiring to be an adopter and enable the development of mobile products that adhere to this new standard across a broad connectivity ecosystem.
The Working Group's vision for the next generation of mobile connectivity is to provide an easy and cost-effective implementation for manufacturers, while offering consumers a simple and reliable mobile connectivity experience. A single-cable with a low pin count interface will be able to support up to 1080p high-definition (HD) digital video and HD audio, in addition to delivering power to a portable device.
The Working Group says it expects to organize a Consortium of founding members who will develop a mobile connectivity technology standard specification that governs transmission and reception of high-definition content between portable devices and display devices, to support connectivity, in accordance with the new specification.