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Why HDMI Version Requirements Are Difficult To Understand

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Earlier today I was writing a post on the HDMI requirements for the Oculus Rift and came to the bizarre situation where I found it was difficult to figure out what version of HDMI graphics cards offered.  The cards would simply say “HDMI” and that is it.  Being that there have been at least 4 manufactured versions of HDMI this seemed odd.

Come to find out there is an even odder explanation for this.  HDMI Licensing, LLC which owns the trademark and rights to HDMI explicitly states on their website:

No Use of HDMI Version Numbers Effective Immediately

Effective January 1, 2012, all HDMI products cannot make any reference to HDMI version numbers.

Please refer to updated Adopted Trademark and Logo Guidelines (ATLUG) for further guidance. There is no grace period for this requirement.

Where cables are concerned they apparently only allow the following designations to be used:Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 3.14.27 PM

I find this to be utterly bizarre. Saying the version number of HDMI makes complete sense to me, and it’s self explanatory to know that a higher number is better than a lower number.  The designations that they give to use in the real world just doesn’t make sense from my perspective, and being that they forbid the use of version number it just makes it all the more confusing.

I guess this is just a warning that if you’re going to be using HDMI in a production environment or selling HDMI equipment to your clients you need to do a bit of research before hand.  A task that should be as simple as paint by numbers has been made more difficult due to convoluted marketing.

Check out the HDMI Licensing, LLC Trademark and Logo Guidelines here: http://www.hdmi.org/learningcenter/trademark_logo_pub.aspx

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Eli Etherton

I am Eli "the Computer Guy" and have been in the tech industry for approx. 20 years doing all kinds of odd projects. I started as an electronics tech in the US Army, worked in corporate IT during the IT Boom, was an individual consultant and grew my tech shop to have numerous full time employees and supported small business clients with computer repair/ server maintenance/ web development/ surveillance systems/ telephone systems until the great recession. After that I started creating video training on all the topics I know and now have a YouTube Channel with over 500K subscribers. I am the founder of GeekBrainDump.com and my plan is to create a tech "news" site that I would actually find useful if I was still in the server room.

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