And the Emmy Goes to…

Molex. What’s a Molex, you may ask. No, it’s not some one-name action star from Hollywood. It is one of 10 companies that will share in an award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) in recognition for their contribution to the development of the HDMI interface. Molex is one of the leading manufacturers of connectors for electronics. (In fact, “Molex connector” became the generic term for the power connector on PC computer hard drives.)

So why is HDMI deserving of recognition? It has greatly simplified HDTV connections. The alternative is to use a three-plug analog component video connector, along with a pair of stereo sound connectors. And the analog connection does not include support for content copy protection, which leads to concerns by some movie studios.

In contrast, HDMI uses a digital signal so that you get clean, clear images based precisely on the data coming from the signal source. The same single connector also can carry multi-channel audio as well. And in some implementations, the HDMI connection can even help different components communicate, so that your TV and DVD player and home theater sound system can all switch to the proper settings when you choose “Play DVD” on your remote.

The other companies sharing in the award are Silicon Image, Thomson, Toshiba, Sony, Matsushita, Hitachi, Philips, Japan Aviation Electronics (JAE), and Intel. The award will be presented during a ceremony at CES on January 7th.