In the first part of this guide to the history of HDMI cables, we looked at how the technology was founded back in 2001 and also how it was tested in Authorised Testing Centres (ATCs) around the world.
We learned that by 2007, as many as 143 million HDMI devices were sold worldwide. Now let’s turn to how the popularity and use of HDMI cables and HDMI technology grew since then.
In the year 2008, In-Stat reported that a huge 229 million HDMI devices were sold, and this figure rose even higher in 2009 when around 394 million devices were sold. At the time, it was predicted that by the end of the year all digital TV sets would have at least one HDMI input, and this proved to be true.
HDMI has become the de facto standard for High Definition (HD) TVs, and the ten founding companies of the technology have even been awarded a Technology and Engineering Emmy for their work by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Looking to the future, HDMI looks set to do even greater things. New versions are being produced and the HDMI specification revised to keep up with the latest innovations, such as 3D TV, for example.