MHL is a new technology and a term that we are going to start seeing used more and more throughout this year, especially with its inclusion in upcoming devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S 2. Some of you will undoubtedly already know all about the new mobile connectivity standard but for those who don’t, what follows is an overview and what it will mean to you.
MHL is a new interface designed to be a standard for connecting mobile devices to other consumer electronics such as HDTVs and monitors. The key features are that it will enable uncompressed 1080p HD video and audio transfer and charging over one cable, regardless of the connector. For most of us that will basically centre around a new micro-USB to HDMI link for Smartphone to television.
Other cables may be created as the technology is based around the wiring and not the connector so other “MHL compatible” cables may appear in the future for connecting a variety of devices such as cameras and projectors. Also some companies known for proprietary connections may develop their own MHL cables for their own range of devices.
MHL ’compatibility’ is not necessarily required on the second device for basic features – for instance the Galaxy S 2 will be able to connect to any HDTV via the forthcoming micro-USB to HDMI cable for simple video and audio transfer. However in order to unlock the ‘true potential’ of the technology, such as charging your phone or selecting the content to be transferred using your remote control, the TV would need to be MHL compatible to – you can probably bet good money on Samsung being one of the first to the consumer market with this as well after their introduction of super thin LED backlit screens and 3D.
Read more about MHL technology: http://www.mhlconsortium.org/