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Monday, February 06, 2006

Monster's Worst Nightmare

If you are one of the millions of people that own monitor capable of High Definition (HD) (or bought one last weekend in time for the Super Bowl!) then you have probably been exposed to the unbelievably expensive and lucrative DVI and HDMI video cable market. And if you bought from Best Buy or Circuit City, then they probably did their best to convince you to buy from Monster Cable. Even at Walmart, a six foot HDMI Monster cable sells for $80. You can buy an upscaling DVD player for less than this - but it won't work without an HDMI cable. Monster Cable is undoubtedly receiving huge profits from the HD craze.

However, thanks to IBM engineers, this market could soon be suffering a crash. IBM is developing a new Wireless chip technology known as silicon germanium. This could mean that one day - your DVD can stream a flawless, 1080p signal direct to your monitor at several gb/second. Due to the price of today's digital cables, if the pricing of this new technology can remain reasonable-the possibilities are endless. Wireless speakers, receivers, cable systems, etc. Imagine a single wireless DVD player that can stream a signal to any room and multiple monitors. Hopefully, we'll see adapters that can convert existing systems over to this new standard, but most likely - it'll mean buying new integrated components. Especially if Sony gets involved in it!


  • At 5:31 PM, Blogger Benny said…

    Build your own for a fraction of the cost. Looks to me like all you need is a piece of Belden 8170 or Alpha 6223
    and two HDMI connectors. Fire up the soldering iron and use this pin out:

    Pin Signal Name
    1 TMDS Data 2+
    2 TMDS Data 2 Shield
    3 TMDS Data 2-
    4 TMDS Data 1+
    5 TMDS Data 1 Shield
    6 TMDS Data 1-
    7 TMDS Data 0+
    8 TMDS Data 0 Shield
    9 TMDS Data 0-
    10 TMDS Clock+
    11 TMDS Clock Shield
    12 TMDS Clock-
    13 CEC
    14 No Connect
    15 DDC Clock
    16 DDC Data
    17 Ground
    18 +5V Power
    19 Hot Plug Detect
    20 SHELL

    I'll bet that some of the instrumentation /electrical contractors at PM probably have a roll of ASIbus interconnect cable that will work just fine. Just make sure it has at least 4 individually shielded pairs and 7 other conductors and that the over all shield goes to pin 20 (shell). Draw up your own color code and go for it. Nice little winter time project.

  • At 5:33 PM, Blogger Benny said…

    Make that Alpha 6323...sorry.

  • At 7:27 PM, Blogger Joel said…

    Thanks for the info.

    I don't need the cable, as I built my Home Entertainment computer so I can send the native 1080i signal via an analog component cable.

    However, I good buddy of mine needs a 50' cable - so I'll pass this on!


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