MHL has developed an MHL Alternate Mode (“Alt Mode”) for the USB Type-C specification. Using the MHL Alt Mode, a USB Type-C connector and cable can support the MHL 3 specification, which includes 4K video, multi-channel surround sound audio, HDCP 2.2 and is backward compatible with existing versions of the MHL specification.
The MHL Consortium continues to advance the MHL specification to support additional capabilities and connectors, such as USB Type-C, ahead of industry demand. One such connector could be seen in the newly announced Nokia N1 Tablet. Other devices with Type-C connector would come up in the market soon.
Jeff Ravencraft, USB-IF President and COO, commented on the new launch
The USB Type-C cable and connector is designed to be a long-lasting, robust solution that is ideal for all platforms and devices.
Mobile devices designed with a USB Type-C receptacle and built to support the MHL AltMode will be able to connect to a large ecosystem of MHL TVs, monitors, AVRs, Blu-ray Disc™ players, projectors, set-top boxes and automotive products using USB Type-C to HDMI Type A MHL cables. MHL is now present in more than 650 million devices. This has happened because its support of popular connectors are already present on mobile devices and displays, as well as proprietary connectors. This flexibility has enabled MHL to grow this big.
Mobile devices with USB Type-C MHL Alt Mode can also connect to HDMI legacy displays using adapters that support MHL-to-HDMI protocol conversion.
Rob Tobias, President, MHL LLC, said
“MHL Alt Mode enables a USB Type-C connector to support the MHL 3 specification, which includes 4K video, multi-channel surround sound audio and HDCP 2.2. “This benefits consumers and systems designers because a single connector reduces costs and increases functionality.”