HDMI can be found on a few netbooks right now, but it’s set to become standard next year when Intel’s Cedar Trail-M platform hits the tiny lappies. Most of the current netbooks with HDMI are built around Nvidia’s ION GPU platform, which also drives up the cost. But by moving HDMI support to the CPU, it should come on nearly every netbook.
That is of course if the netbook segment is still around next summer. Sales are declining as consumers are finding the low-power computers don’t offer all that much functionality. Plus, the price of CULV notebooks are constantly dropping, offering a legitimate alternative to a full-size notebook in a small package. Perhaps Intel’s Cedar Trail-M platform will instead be used in tablets. Either way, we’re all for more HDMI.