MHL, LLC, the entity responsible for administering the MHL Consortium and the adoption, licensing and promotion of the MHL™ (Mobile High-Definition Link) specification, today announced that more than 50 million MHL products were shipped globally in 2011. Highlighting the widespread adoption of the standard, the MHL Consortium now has more than 90 global licensees representing some of today’s leading industries, including consumer electronics, mobile, home theater, automotive and gaming.
MHL technology is an HD audio and video wired connectivity standard that enables a mobile device with MHL technology to deliver 1080p uncompressed video with up to eight channels of digital audio. MHL-enabled DTVs and displays also provide power back to the mobile device when connected, ensuring that the phone battery is charged and ready to use.
“With so much media trapped on different connected devices in the home today, consumers are looking for a simple way to quickly share a photo, movie or song with other family members,” said Colin Dixon, senior partner, The Diffusion Group. “It’s exciting to see so many vendors moving to embrace MHL technology because it provides that simple solution.”
Key features of MHL technology include:
Founded by Nokia, Samsung, Silicon Image, Sony and Toshiba, the MHL Consortium is focused on continuing to grow the MHL product ecosystem and to establish the technology as the de facto standard of choice for wired connectivity for mobile devices. Aside from traditional consumer electronic devices such as tablets, smartphones and DTVs, MHL adopters have also designed the technology into automotive infotainment systems, AV receivers, streaming media sticks and more, which provide new growth opportunities.
“Since the release of our specification in 2010, MHL Consortium membership has grown five-fold, with OEMs designing and releasing new products at a steady pace,” said Tim Wong, president of MHL, LLC. “In 2012, it’s my expectation that consumers will see even more exciting and innovative products that we hope will enrich their lives.”
MHL technology demonstrations will be shown at Mobile World Congress from February 27 — March 1, 2012 at the Fira de Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain. The MHL Consortium’s booth will be located in Hall 2, No. 2C06. To schedule a press meeting, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
MHL-enabled devices can be purchased through carriers, retailers and directly from leading original equipment manufacturers. A full list of MHL licensees can be found here. For more information about the MHL Consortium or how to become a part of the growing MHL community, please visit http://www.mhltech.org/.
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“As an MHL founding member, we have witnessed the success of the technology first hand — releasing the industry’s first MHL-enabled smartphones, the Infuse™ and Galaxy S II in 2011,” said WS Lee, senior vice president of Product Planning Group, Samsung. “We look forward to announcing new products in 2012 and pushing the boundaries of MHL technology into new markets, so customers can enjoy their content anywhere, anytime and on any screen.”
“MHL technology is key to enhancing the lifestyle of our consumers,” said Seijiro Yasuki, chief technology executive, Digital Products & Services Company, Toshiba Corporation. “Toshiba DTVs with MHL technology allow them to plug in their MHL-enabled phones to our DTVs to play games or watch their favorite movies on a beautiful HD screen — all while the DTV provides power back to the mobile device.”
“Within the home, DTVs have become a hub of the entertainment experience. Consumers want access to content from various sources and aggregate it all into one viewing experience. We understood that in order to create this environment for our consumers, MHL technology was an effective way to share mobile content onto the big screen,” said Sharp.
About MHL, LLC
MHL, LLC is the Agent for overseeing and administering the adoption, licensing, and promotion of the MHL Specification. The MHL Specification was developed by Nokia Corporation, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Silicon Image, Inc., Sony Corporation, and Toshiba Corporation as a standard for mobile wired video/audio connectivity, which will enable the development of standard-compliant mobile and display products across a broad connectivity ecosystem. MHL, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Silicon Image, Inc. For more information please visit http://www.mhltech.org.
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