HDMI Adapters and Connector Types
A basic cable connection is all that is required for devices with an HDMI port. However, there is a range of accessories that can be used to customise HDMI connectivity and fulfil special HDMI adapter requirements. The adapter is required for the connection of portable HDMI devices fitted with small ports, for example. Adapters are also commonly used for the connection of old electrical devices.
With the correct adapter, the following connection types can convert to HDMI:
There is also a variety of HDMI connection types, available in male and female versions and suitable for use in different environments. Most cables use HDMI type A, with alternative versions being less popular. For instance, home entertainment systems, televisions and computer monitors commonly feature HDMI A cables. Outdated HDMI connection types have also been gradually phased out.
The HDMI connector is the standard interface for the connection of audio-visual equipment. It is common for digital devices such as televisions and Blu-ray players to feature a variety of ports, allowing for the connection of different HDMI cable types. When connecting devices, it is important to ensure that the HDMI cabling is firmly and safely connected.
You can learn more about the different types and specifications of HDMI connectors in our comprehensive guide.
Please see below for a handy diagram showing the different types of HDMI connectors.
Standard HDMI Connectors (Type A)
These standard HDMI connectors are used for the widest variety of digital audio/video connection purposes. The plug or male connector has outer dimensions of 13.9 x 4.45mm, while the receptacle (female) connector has inside dimensions of 14 x 4.55mm. The Type A adapter features 19 pins which allow for the transfer of SDTV, EDTV, HDTV, UHD, and 4K modes.
Dual-Link HDMI Connectors (Type B)
This type of connector also allows for the transfer of dual-link DVD-I video. However, type B HDMI connectors are not currently used in any mainstream consumer products, because the development of the HDMI 1.3 allowed for increased single link speed. Nevertheless, you may still find references to the type B adapter within the electronic specifications.
Mini HDMI Connectors (Type C)
This mini HDMI connector is smaller in size than the type A connector, with dimensions of 10.42 x 2.42mm. However, it does still feature the 19-pin configuration. These mini HDMI adapters are commonly used for the connection of portable devices such as the DSLR camera, camcorder, and large tablets. You can use a type A to type C cable for connection to the type A connector.
Micro HDMI Connectors (Type D)
Type D HDMI connectors are the smallest and are smaller in size than type A and C HDMI connectors. However, they still feature the common 19-pin configuration, albeit in a slightly altered format due to the limitations of the microformat. Such connectors have dimensions of 5.83mm x 2.20mm, being similar in size to the micro-USB connector and significantly smaller than the HDMI type A plug or socket.
Automotive Connection Systems (Type E)
The type E HDMI connector has been designed specifically for automotive applications. It was introduced at the same time as the HDMI version 1.4.