The Basics

Select VAIO® computer systems come equipped with HDMI™ (High-Definition Multimedia Interface), a worldwide consumer electronics and personal computer standard for connecting high definition components. With just one cable, HDMI is capable of transmiting the highest quality digital audio and video between HD devices. HDMI can connect everything from compatible HDTV sets and DVD-Video / HD disc players to PCs, game consoles, and handheld devices. At present, over 500 companies support the HDMI standard including hardware manufacturers, motion picture studios, and system operators.

Seven leading consumer electronics manufacturers developed HDMI (Hitachi, Ltd., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (Panasonic), Philips Consumer Electronics International B.V., Silicon Image, Inc., Sony Corporation, Thomson, Inc., and Toshiba Corporation) with the goal of creating an interface with the bandwidth, flexibility, and control capabilities to meet today's needs. Yet HDMI is a technology that also continues to evolve to meet future digital source demands.

HDMI supports any television or personal computer video format, including standard, enhanced, or high definition video. Its architecture allows bandwidth of up to 10.2 Gbps (Gigabits per second) which easily handles the 1920x1080p/60Hz resolution and frequency of top devices. HDMI's current specification version - 1.3 - expands video resolution support to 2560x1600p/60Hz.

HDMI also covers the best in next-generation digital audio, being able to support the delivery of high-bitrate and lossless surround sound technologies of Dolby TrueHD®, DTS-HD™ Master Audio, and uncompressed multi-channel LPCM between devices.

Combining audio and video into a single digital connection, HDMI eliminates the cost, complexity, and confusion of multiple cables. "Cable clutter" is a thing of the past, and set up can be done quickly and easily.