Semiconductor connectivity manufacturer Silicon Image has announced what it calls the industry’s first 4K Ultra HD MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) 3.0 solution.
What’s MHL? It’s a connectivity standard that enables HD and 4K video and gaming content on a mobile device to play on a large screen display. Bonus: MHL charges the mobile device. And it’s all done via micro-USB.
The ramifications of this could be big for the utility of Ultra HD TVs. Currently there’s not much TV-based 4K/Ultra HD content out there to take advantage of Ultra HD TV resolution. MHL 3.0 could enable the growing world of online 4K video and gaming content to be displayed natively on an Ultra HD TV.
Silicon Image provides the technology to mobile device manufacturers for integration with their products. MHL, earlier iterations of which have been around since 2011, is developed by a consortium led by Nokia, Samsung, Silicon Image, Sony and Toshiba. Products already with MHL include smartphones, tablets, TVs, monitors, projectors, A/V receivers, Blu-ray Disc players, cables, TV accessories, adapters and automotive accessories. Silicon Image says the “MHL ecosystem has grown to an installed base of more than 400 million products and greater than 300 unique products in the marketplace today.”
Silicon Image will showcase the new solution by invitation only in Meeting Place #MP25975, South Hall, at CES.
Mass production of MHL 3.0 devices is slated to commence in the first quarter of 2014.
Lots more detailed technical information in the press release.