Ever heard of Mobile High-Definition Link, or MHL for short? Today, it’s a way to connect a smartphone to a HDTV or monitor via microUSB. But the new SuperMHL could challenge HDMI and DisplayPort dominance over your entire home theatre.
Uh oh – it appears that Mini DisplayPort-to-HDMI cables are unlicensed, so manufacturers have been selling illegal cables this whole time. This doesn’t bode well for Apple, but also for Toshiba, Dell and HP, who all use the port.
The Video Electronics Standards Association has codified the standard for the next version of DisplayPort, and the small, Apple-loving HDMI competitor, and it just got a lot more interesting. Like, multiple-monitors-on-one-plug interesting.