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Number6
Jun 12, 2013

How widely supported is MHL?

I was looking at the specs on a Sony Xperia Tablet Z, and it listed MHL support. I didn’t know what MHL was, so I looked it up: Mobile Hi-Definition Link. It allows you to connect your MHL enabled device to an MHL compatible display using standard micro-USB hardware, and it allows provisioning of power while being used to display output. Sounds pretty good, so far. My HDTV is a couple of years old, so I assume it doesn’t support MHL, but I’ll probably get a new, bigger one soon anyway. Has MHL become a standard feature that I wasn’t aware of, or is it one of those things that has a tiny install base and will likely never catch on?

jimlynch
06/15/2013
Here's a good background article about MHL:

Mobile High-Definition Link
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_High-Definition_Link

"Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) is an industry standard for a mobile audio/video interface that allows consumers to connect mobile phones, tablets and other portable consumer electronics (CE) devices to high-definition televisions (HDTVs) and audio receivers. The MHL standard supports up to 1080p/60 high-definition (HD) video and 7.1 surround sound audio while simultaneously charging the connected device. MHL-enabled products include adapters, automotive accessories, AV receivers, Blu-ray Disc players, cables, DTVs, monitors, projectors, smartphones, tablets, TV accessories and more.

MHL was being developed by the MHL Consortium, a Consortium made up of leading companies in the mobile and CE space that includes Nokia, Samsung, Silicon Image, Sony and Toshiba."
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nchristine
06/13/2013

A lot of devices are MHL compliant. You noted the Sony Tablet, and most new LG, HTC and Samsung tablets/smartphones are as well. On the display side, HDTVs and displays from the majority of major brands support MHL. I found a list of current of MHL enabled displays. It’s pretty extensive, so I don’t think this is a flash-in-the-pan tech fork. It makes sense from a manufacturer’s standpoint; they can use the micro-USB hardware that every device already has instead of spending extra money for HDMI hardware.  

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