HDMI: How a Nerdy Serial Link Became a Household Name

Jano Banks of Shasta Angels

Tue, Sep 12 2023, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm PDT              HDMI: How a Nerdy Serial Link Became a Household Name 1 HDMI: How a Nerdy Serial Link Became a Household Name 2

With the advent of HDTV in 1998, an all-digital TV interface became a necessity. This led to upstart Silicon Image partnering with six Consumer Electronics behemoths, and the introduction of HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) in 2002. It is now ubiquitous, with over 10 billion HDMI-capable devices sold worldwide. Like USB, it has simplified users’ lives, and is one of the most successful electronics standards in the history of Consumer Electronics and computers. You are quite possibly only inches away from both an HDMI and a USB connector as you read these words.

This talk will tell the story of how a small company that had first made its mark with a high-speed Serial Link for laptops created an interface that the likes of Sony, Panasonic, Hitachi, Toshiba, Thomson, and Philips would trust to be foundational for the future of television – and it wasn’t without some Hollywood drama.

Jano Banks will recount stories from his time at Silicon Image, where he became one of the co-inventors of this worldwide success story. From technical challenges, to do-or-die deadlines, and to boardroom fights over the wording of the standard, he will explain what really happened on the way to making HDMI a household name.

HDMI: How a Nerdy Serial Link Became a Household Name 4About the speaker,  Jano Banks of Shasta Angels

Jano Banks is a tech professional known for his pivotal role in co-inventing HDMI while working at Silicon Image from 2000-2005. He went on to found his own company, Radiient Technologies, and then held senior leadership and executive roles at Apple, Amazon Lab126, and Google. Jano is currently an angel investor with Shasta Angels. His bachelor’s and master’s degrees in EE are from Stanford University, and he holds over 25 granted US patents.

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