HDMI To Mini DisplayPort Cables Could Be Banned From Sale

The HDMI Organisation has declared that Mini DisplayPort to HDMI cables are unlicensed and should not be put up for sale.

According to an article on Tech Radar, the organisation responsible for licensing and maintaining the specification for HDMI, has said that any cable that has a DisplayPort male connector on one end and an HDMI male connector on the other is illegal and should not be sold.

The HDMI Organisation said that the HDMI specification allows an HDMI cable to only have HDMI connectors on both ends, and anything else is illegal and not licensed.

“The HDMI specification defines an HDMI cable as having only HDMI connectors on the ends. Anything else is not a licensed use of the specification and therefore, not allowed,” the organisation said.

“The CTS clearly defines necessary tests for all products defined in the HDMI Specification. Since this new cable product is undefined in the Specification, there are no tests associated with this product. It cannot be tested against the Specification,” it added.

However, the organisation did say that there was a need for such cables in the market but maintained that there were no current methods for producing the cables "in a licensed manner".