Clearly there are some gray areas with HDMI, whether it be the connector or the signals. The only way to clarify is to talk to the HDMI people.
I meant USB-C + VGA - is this workable?
I have talked to the HDMI people. The only patents that covers physical connectors is the design patents and they don't matter because we don't manufacture the connector. The manufacturer of the connectors pays the royalties on the connector to the design patent holder of the HDMI types of connector. You can technically send just about anything down a connector. USB-C to VGA.... maybe. However, how is the video being transmitted from the connector to the VGA converter. I'm studying the options but it's a PITA because all the same players generally set things to $5,000+ fee in some form or another because if you aren't in business to make enough money to pay that amount, you're kind of seen as a laughing stock in Sillycon valley.
It would be interested nonetheless.
I don't think they (HDMI) are that interested in suing micro-scopic hobbyist businesses. It isn't the best investment of their lawyers' time. They are looking to defend their IP against those individuals or businesses who are selling at a volume where they can reasonably afford to pay for the licensing. I'm just wanting them to put something in some writing of a sort that will at least calm our nerves. The idea of driving VGA out the micro-HDMI type connector is doable. It won't be to HDMI specifications and warning notices would need to be used. Alternatively, we find another kind of connector with 15-20 pins or so that is that small that isn't normally used in video displays and we make our own cables out to the back of the case and from that point the interface conversion to whatever.
At the end of the day, who the hell is going to f--- with us the most. Displayport is via VESA (so you can use the USB-C connector. VESA is a non-profit so the expense of the VESA membership is, however, tax deductable expense so you might lower your taxes during tax season.
Edited by Wildstar, Yesterday, 4:26 PM.