With the new release of the HDMI Alt Mode for USB Type-C connectors comes a slew of highly convenient and innovative features. Thanks to the increased functionality of a USB-C to native HDMI cable, users are now afforded the ability to have their HDMI enabled source devices connect directly to HDMI enabled displays through the use of a USB Type-C connector. This set up effectively transmits native HDMI signals through a simple cable – all without the need for any additional dongles or protocol and connector adapters.
Ultimately, a USB-C to native HDMI cable brings together two of the most popular connectivity solutions: HDMI connectors and USB Type-C connectors. With an already existing installed base of billions of displays, High Definition Multimedia Interface serves as the leading display interface adopted by both source devices and display monitors all over the world. In 2016 alone, it is predicted that almost 290 million HDMI-enabled display devices will be shipped worldwide throughout the year: this includes displays such as monitors, projectors, and every single flat panel TV currently in production. As a multi-purpose connector, USB Type-C is the small form factor yet reversible interface utilised across numerous platforms and devices: this covers a whole host of PC products, in addition to tablets, as well as smartphones.
Supporting the entire range of HDMI 1.4b features, the benefits of HDMI Alt Mode are vast in number. The newly released USB-C to native HDMI cables will also provide support for:
- Crystal clear video resolutions of up to 4K
- Accurately generated 3D content in both HD (High Definition) and 4K formats
- A wide array of channels including ARC (Audio Return Channels) and high speed HEC (HDMI Ethernet Channels)
- High fidelity surround sound
- Fully integrated CEC (Consumer Electronic Control) to control between various devices on the fly
- Both Deep Colour and x.v.Colour – including their content types
- Both HDCP 1.4 and HDCP 2.2 (High Bandwidth Digital Content Protection) that ensures your media stays encrypted, safe, and secure
Now, it’s up to the manufacturers themselves to decide just which HDMI features their products will offer support on through USB Type-C connectors.