Toshiba, Samsung, Sony and Nokia align on new Mobile High-Definition Link

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Toshiba has announced that it will partner up with Nokia, Samsung, Sony and Silicon Image to form a new working group for a new standard. Called the Mobile High-Definition Interface Working Group, it is supposed to be a new connector that will connect mobile phones or portable media devices to a high-definition television or display.  The new technology will be based on Silicon Image’s Mobile High-Definition Link (or MHL).

According to the press release, the new technology will allow a “single-cable with a low pin count interface will be able to support up to 1080p high-definition (HD) digital video and HD audio in addition to delivering power to a portable device.” Think of it like a HDMI port, but for portable and mobile devices.

Other than that, nothing much has come out of their mouths.

Full press release is below.

LEADING COMPANIES FORM MOBILE HIGH-DEFINITION INTERFACE WORKING GROUP TO DRIVE INDUSTRY STANDARD FOR MOBILE WIRED CONNECTIVITY

SUNNYVALE, Calif., September 28, 2009 – Nokia Corporation (NYSE: NOK), Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (KSE: 005930, LSE-GDR: SMSN), Silicon Image™, Inc. (NASDAQ: SIMG), Sony Corporation (NYSE: SNE) and Toshiba Corporation (TSE:6502) today announced the formation of a Mobile High-Definition Interface Working Group that intends to create an industry standard for an audio/video interface to connect mobile phones or portable consumer electronics (CE) devices directly to high-definition televisions (HDTVs) and displays.  This new mobile connectivity standard, based on Silicon Image’s Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL™) technology, will be defined, promoted and marketed by the Working Group as an industry standard open to anyone desiring to be an adopter and enable the development of mobile products that adhere to this new standard across a broad connectivity ecosystem.

The Working Group’s vision for the next generation of mobile connectivity is to provide an easy and cost-effective implementation for manufacturers while offering consumers a simple and reliable mobile connectivity experience.  A single-cable with a low pin count interface will be able to support up to 1080p high-definition (HD) digital video and HD audio in addition to delivering power to a portable device.

The Working Group is expected to organize a Consortium of founding members who will develop a mobile connectivity technology standard specification that governs transmission and reception of high-definition content between portable devices and display devices, to support connectivity in accordance with the new specification.

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