The much-maligned HDMI interface has been honored with a Primetime Emmy Engineering Award for engineering excellence in the television community by the Television Academy. The Engineering Emmy Award is given for developments and/or standardization in engineering technologies which either represent so extensive an improvement on existing methods or are so innovative in nature that they have materially affected the transmission, recording, or reception of television. The award will be presented on January 8, 2015 at the 66th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, during the 2015 International CES conference.
“To be recognized as one of the technology breakthroughs that has had a significant effect on television engineering is an immense honor for the HDMI organization,” said Steve Venuti, president of HDMI Licensing, LLC. “What started out as a vision to improve the consumer experience has become the de-facto worldwide HD connectivity standard and a household name for exceptional digital audio and video quality over a single cable.”
Supporting the world of digital content, the HDMI interface has become the universally-implemented, standardized, digital connection for consumer electronics devices. By combining uncompressed high-definition video, multi-channel audio, and data in a single digital interface, HDMI technology delivers crystal-clear digital quality over a single cable. This development dramatically simplified the consumer experience and has led to the worldwide adoption of HDMI technology by consumers and manufacturers alike.
Today, over 1,500 HDMI adopters have created over 4 billion HDMI-enabled products that provide consumers with a superior viewing experience, pixel-for-pixel video accuracy, and audiophile-quality sound.
“The success of the HDMI Specification is based on its ability to constantly evolve to meet the changing needs of the market place with added functionality and new features,” said Arnold Brown, chairman of the board of HDMI Forum, Inc. “Version 2.0 of the HDMI Specification nearly doubled the bandwidth to 18Gbps to support new features such as 4K@50/60 (2160p) and up to 32 audio channels, and our technical working group is working to deliver additional key technological advancements to further expand the ecosystem of interoperable, HDMI-enabled products.”