While CES 2012 does not begin until a little over two weeks, Onkyo has already announced that its 2012 line of A/V amplifiers will be the first in the world to use the MHL connection standard and the Silicon Images Instaprevue function.
Great news that from Onkyo today by announcing that some models of its 2012 range of home cinema amplifiers incorporate a port to the standard MHL, foreshadowing what we started to see more and more: a strong entrance for smartphones and touch pads. To recap, the MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) allows the transmission from a tablet or smartphone, uncompressed video signals up to 1080p/60 (HDCP), with support for up to 8 audio channels (192kHz/24bit compatible). A “plus” very interesting is that more and more tablets (and smartphones), incorporate a MHL connection (Rezound HTC, Samsung Galaxy S2, etc…). Technology is not young, but it was really the first time a manufacturer uses this type of HD connection for mobile devices.
In a second step, adding the InstaPrevue function which was developed by Silicon Image, will allow previewing the PiP (Picture-in-Picture) video source HDMI/MHL. A practical function that will change the text equivalents “Source 1, Source 2 … “. The switching speed of source would also have been significantly improved.
Onkyo plans to unveil these new amplifiers at CES 2012.