Developed by Hitachi Ltd., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (Panasonic), Philips Consumer Electronics International B.V., Silicon Image, Inc., Sony Corporation, Thomson, Inc. and Toshiba Corporation, the High-Definition Multimedia InterfaceTM (HDMITM) is the de facto global standard for connecting HD components and bridging the gap between CE and PC products. The HDMI specification combines uncompressed high-definition video and multi-channel audio in a single digital interface to provide crystal-clear digital quality over a single cable. For end-users, use of a single cable for audio and video dramatically simplifies home theater system installation and eliminates the cable quagmire typically associated with home theater system components.
Most importantly, HDMI offers significant advantages over analog A/V connections, including the ability to transmit uncompressed digital video and audio content. In addition to numerous device and display manufacturers, major motion picture studios and cable and satellite operators also support HDMI. To date, more than 600 makers of consumer electronics and PC products worldwide have adopted HDMI.