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HDMI disallows adapters?

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Date: Jul 11, 2011 - 09:00 AM
Ouch - cables to convert DisplayPort to HDMI may be "illegal" under the HDMI specification and associated contracts:

According to Charlene Wan, director of marketing for HDMI LLC, any cable that does not include HDMI connectors on both ends violates the specification. "The HDMI specification defines an HDMI cable as having ONLY HDMI connectors on the ends," she wrote via an email interview. "Anything else is not a licensed use of the specification and therefore, not allowed."

That apparently includes Apple's mini-DisplayPort-to-HDMI adapters, which are also sold by Belkin on Apple's Web site. A support document lists a number of Apple products that use mini-DisplayPort connections, including the MacBook, MacBook Air, Mac mini, and Mac Pro.
This could cause a serious issue for makers, and then for users who wind up trying to connect devices that need an adapter.

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