HDMI EuroPlugfest 2

The HDMI EuroPlugfest 2 was organised from 22 to 26 September 2008 in the ETSI Premises, in Sophia Antipolis, France.

HDMI has been adopted across the CE industry as the connection of choice for carrying digital uncompressed display data between products and is now installed in millions of products worldwide. HDMI also incorporated HDCP copy protection and CEC for controlling devices. HDMI required all products to pass a series of tests specifed by HDMI before a product could use the HDMI logo.

This plugfest aimed to extend the existing HDMI testing programme by providing an opportunity to test implementations against products from other manufacturers. This provided a more 'lifelike' test and better represented how products would actually be used in the user's own home.

The plugfest offered 1 to 1 testing with established test equipment, according to the specifications. The plugfest also provided a set of 'whole system' tests, something that has not been generally available before. For these tests, a system comprising of, for instance, a TV, STB, DVD and Home Theatre amplifier, all from different manufacturers, would be tested together using some typical user scenarios.

Pure HDMI testing has been well established for several years and this plugfest focused on CEC and HDCP. HDMI testing (except for the PHY layer) was also available.

Manufacturers coming to this plugfest were able to:

  • have their products tested against the test equipment for CEC, HDCP and part of HDMI;
  • test their products against other manufacturer's products;
  • test their products in a typical system of HDMI products from different manufacturers, emulating how their products reacted in real life;
  • use the tests for final stages of product development to identify any unforseen system problems.

Number of participants: 63 particiapnts attended from 15 companies.