reprinted from an AJA press release: AJA Introduces Miniature Converter for HDMI Grass Valley, CA (November 15, 2006) New HI5 Offers Small Footprint and High Value for Viewing SDI and HD-SDI Material on HDMI Displays AJA Video, a leading manufacturer of professional video interface and conversion products, announced today HI5, a miniature converter with full support for High-Definition Multimedia Interface, or HDMI. AJA is introducing HI5 and showcasing it this week at the DV Expo in Los Angeles, November 15-17th at LA Convention Center from booth #617, and at the Inter BEE Expo in Japan at the Makuhari Messe convention complex from November 15th-17th at booth #6307. HI5 offers cost-effective conversion and a small footprint for viewing SDI and HD-SDI material on HDMI displays. The uncompressed, all-digital audio/video HMDI interface has become more and more popular for set-top boxes, DVD players, A/V receivers and audio and video monitors. HI5 allows for media conversion via a single-cable audio/video connection, with embedded SDI/HD-SDI audio, two-channel RCA-style audio outputs for separate audio monitoring if needed, and looping to connect or "daisy chain multiple monitors to the same SDI/HD-SDI source. Key features include:

  • SDI/HD-SDI to HDMI conversion
  • Full HDMI support, including audio
  • Additional two-channel, RCA audio output
  • Looping SDI/HD-SDI output
  • Input Formats: 525i, 625i, 720p 50/59.94/60, 1080i 50/59.94/60
  • Video Inputs: HD-SDI/SDI, SMPTE-259/292/296

"With the new HI5 miniature converter, we are making it easy and convenient for customers to convert SDI or HD-SDI content for viewing, with full audio, on HDMI monitors and displays, said Nick Rashby, Director of Sales and Marketing, AJA Video. "The HI5 supports a wide range of formats and allows several display devices to be connected to the same SDI/HD-SDI source. This converter comes with all of the reliability of AJAs converters and provides a streamlined and cost-efficient solution as HDMI is increasingly adopted. Pricing and Availability The HI5 miniature converter provides streamlined and convenient conversion from SDI or HD-SDI to HDMI. The converter is priced at $490 (US MSRP) and requires an AJA power supply. HI5 will begin shipments worldwide on December 15.