New USB Type-C to HDMI spec lets you ditch the dongle

7 09 2016
HDMI Licensing, the outfit that decides what is or what isn’t HDMI compatible, is releasing HDMI Alternate Mode (Alt Mode) for USB Type-C devices.

The new spec will finally allow HDMI video signals to pass along a USB Type-C cable without the need to use a pricey dongle or dock to convert the DisplayPort signals that are natively output via the Type-C standard.

Future smartphones, tablets, cameras, and laptops—which will hopefully include Apple’s Macbook with its solitary Type-C port—will only need a cheap dumb convertor or simple USB Type-C to HDMI cable in order to work with a HDMI display.


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