USB type-C has made rapid development in the mobile Internet era in recent years, including mobile phones, digital cameras and many electronic products. Inevitably, many people ask, will USB type-C replace HDMI?

In fact, judging from the current development trend, USB type-C cable is likely to replace HDMI cable, but it is very difficult to think about it. HDMI will be used in USB type-C cable. USB type-C does not necessarily replace HDMI. It only provides HDMI connection in different physical forms.

Will HDMI be replaced by USB type-C

So what does that mean? On the whole, this problem may be confusing. So let’s consider the differences, because it’s important to understand the answers and reasons for the questions.

USB type C is a physical connector, i.e. plug, socket and cable.USB is a language for communication, which has many variants, such as USB 3.1 and USB 3.2.HDMI is both a physical connector and a communication language, dedicated to video.In addition, for video, there is DisplayPort, which, like HDMI, is both a physical connector and a communication language

Will HDMI be replaced by USB type-C

The key point to understand is that you can mix and match different physical connectors using different communication languages, which is allowed by the standard. For example:USB 3.1 can be used for old USB type A and USB type B connectors and new USB type C connectors. HDMI and DisplayPort communication language can be used for HDMI physical connector, DisplayPort physical connector and now USB C-type physical connector

For video communication, USB 3.1 can be used. However, USB communication is not designed for video, and it does not work well. HDMI and DisplayPort are designed for video (and audio), so they are more powerful.

Therefore, when we use a USB c-cable to connect a monitor or TV, what usually happens is that DisplayPort or HDMI communication is being used “under the hood”. In fact, HDMI is relatively new for C-type USB, so it is likely that DisplayPort is used for most current USB C-type connections, but new devices with USB C-type sockets can also support HDMI communication.

Therefore, we believe that in the near future, USB C-type cabling is likely to become a common phenomenon of video connection. If this happens, the life of HDMI and DisplayPort cables will be difficult. However, when using USB C-type cable, the communication language of HDMI or DisplayPort and the communication language of HDMI or DisplayPort must be used in the cable, and continue to evolve in a new and more general physical format. So as to meet the needs of future transmission media.


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