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February 11, 2009

In-Stat Predicts Increase in HDMI-Enabled Product Shipments

By Nathesh, TMCnet Contributing Editor

In-Stat has said the market for HDMI-enabled products is going to be a healthy one in the coming years and forecasts that product exports will increase by 23 percent annually between 2007 and 2012.
This increase in exports, the company says, is due to the fact that HDMI ports are not only used in digital televisions today but the interface is also moving into set top boxes, DVD Equipment and Mobile PCs.
The research study, "DVI and HDMI 2008: A Time of Transition", covers the worldwide market for DVI and HDMI technologies. It contains: Analysis and a five-year annual worldwide forecast for the penetration of DVI and HDMI into 22 different applications in PCs, PC peripherals, CE, and communications devices as well as a five-year average selling price forecasts for discrete DVI and HDMI transmitters and receivers, and more.

Apart from being added into popular consumer products like computers and related products, the HDMI ports are also expected to venture into portable electronic devices, such as camcorders, digital still cameras, and portable media players (PMPs) in the near future.
"The rapid escalation of HDMI in standard-definition and Blue laser DVD players and recorders is directly related to HDMI's success in DTVs," says Brian O'Rourke, In-Stat (News - Alert) analyst. "Set top boxes, which are traditionally slow to adopt new interfaces, are also increasingly embracing HDMI."
In-Stat says that with HDMI adoption reaching nearly 100 percent in HDTVs, it's expected that 85 percent of IPTV (News - Alert) set-top-boxes will have an HDMI port by 2012, while 10 percent of portable media players can say the same in just under three years.
They research firm also points out that while HDMI-enabled products will see an increase in exports there is going to be a decline of DVI-enabled shipments at an annual rate of 30 percent through the same time, and say this situation is 'unavoidable.'

Nathesh is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Nathesh's articles, please visit his columnist page.

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