The founders of HDMI are as follows:
Hitachi, Matsushita Electric Industrial, Philips, Silicon Image, Sony, Thomson, and Toshiba.
HDMI is supported by motion picture producers Fox, Universal, Warner Bros., and Disney.
HDMI began its task on April 16, 2002, to create an AV connector that was partly compatible with DVI. HDMI 1.0 was created to enhance existing DVI-HDTV technology by utilising a smaller connector by also being able to support audio, as well as further, namely, consumer electronics control functions.
The first Authorized Testing Center (ATC), which tests HDMI products, was Silicon Image created HDMI’s first testing centre on June 23, 2003 and was followed by Panasonic opening another centre on May 1, 2004. Europe followed behindon May 25, 2005.
In 2004, 5 million HDMI devices were sold followed by 17.4 million in 2005 and rising to 63 million in 2006. A whopping 143 million were sold in 2007 and HDMI is essentially the standard for HDTVs today.
PC Magazine awarded a Technical Excellence Award for the CEC part of HDMI in 2008 and it was heralded as the “innovation that has changed the world”. And ten companies were awarded Technology and Engineering Emmy by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2009 for creating HDMI.