What Is an HDMI Converter

HDMI is the latest technology, which is used in transferring audio and video signals in uncompressed format. It is a better and much sophisticated alternative to data transferring medium such as VGA, D-Terminal, component video, SCART, S-Video, composite video, coaxial cable or radio frequency (RF). This technology is used in High Definition devices such as playstations, HD DVD players, Blue-ray Disc players, camcorders, PCs, Laptops, projectors, televisions, monitors etc. The HDMI connector is comprised of 19 pins and they all have dedicated functions.

Different types of Audio and Video signals sent by HDMI

There are lots of different types of signals, which are sent by HDMI in audio as well as video. In audio HDMI is capable of sending signal such as DST, DSD, MPCM, DTS HD Master Audio, DTS High Definition High Resolution Audio, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, Super Audio CD, DVD-Audio, DTS, Dolby Digital and LPCM. Some of the video signals which HDMI can send across are 2160p, 1600p, 1440p, 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 576p, 576i, 480p, 480i, etc. This vastness of HDMI signal transferring capability is very helpful in connecting different types of devices plus the most attractive feature of HDMI is that it can be linked backwards i.e. with normal DVI-D which we know.

Types of HDMI Connectors

There are basically 5 different types of connectors that are used in HDMI, which are as follows

  • Type A: It uses 19 pins and supports all bandwidth of HDTV, EDTV and SDTV
  • Type B: It uses 29 pins and it is compatible with DVI-D
  • Type C: Is a mini HDMI connector having 19 pins but in small head
  • Type D: Is a micro HDMI connector similar to micro USB connector and has 19 pins
  • Type E: Is and automotive connector defined in HDMI 1.4 specs

These are standard connectors which are used in HDMI, plus it gives the user the benefit of connecting various different types of devices, so that you can get an experience of watching high definition movies, playing HD games etc. HDMI can be converted into lots of different formats, which were previously available such as DVI-D, component, S-Video, VGA etc all this is done by using different types of connectors. Also if you want you can convert HDMI A to C, thus if you choose to buy any gadget these days do check if it is HDMI compatible or not.

Nowadays if you want to buy a gadget be it a mobile phone, camcorder, PC, Laptop, HDTV or a DVD player, buy only devices which have HDMI as it is the latest technology and future devices and gadgets will be based on HDMI only, hence you will a compatible device with you.