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HD Handsets Face Connectivity Hurdles

by David Mercer | 2月 18, 2009

So I came looking for mobile/home convergence, and found it, but the overall impression is that it’s not something that is a high priority for the mobile industry right now. Given global handset volume declines of 10% or more, perhaps that’s understandable. Colleagues assured me Barcelona’s taxi lines were a lot shorter this year, a sure sign of falling attendance at any industry event. As expected we saw a number of signs of handsets moving towards true HD support. Nvidia’s demonstration of 1080p video output from an internally developed MID form factor device onto a full HD 50” TV was the most impressive sign of what is to come. The company’s Tegra processor was also used to demonstrate some impressive 3D graphics capabilities. End user devices are expected to reach the market during the second half of this year. The sticking point, as so often, is the practical issue of getting high definition media from the mobile device onto large screens. There is clearly going to be the inevitable standards battle as early HD handsets support HDMI output, Silicon Image tries to push a new handheld-centric variant called MHL, and others continue to promote wireless approaches such as WiFi. But while various solutions were being offered, and are apparently getting close to commercial viability, I did not get the impression that the mobile industry majors (operators, top 5 handset vendors) see this as a desperately important issue for the near term. Realistically it will be a couple of years at least before handsets begin to emerge widely as sources of HD content for the home, but that is clearly the path they are on. Twitter: twitter.com/dmercer15 Client Reading: High Definition TV, Video and Digital Media Devices: Global Market Forecast Add to Technorati Favorites submit to reddit
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