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Behold the majesty of HDMI 1.3 cable

10 gigabits of data a second? No problem

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Feast your eyes on this, gadget kooks: a pre-standard HDMI 1.3 cable. This baby can transfer up to 10 gigabits of data a second. Plus, if you have a digital TV and surround-sound speakers, it replaces about a whole mess o' cables.

HDMI, which came out of a company called Silicon Image, has been incorporated into a lot of devices, but the 1.3 version is greatly improved. It doubles the bandwidth, for one thing. By 2010, there will be a billion HDMI devices out there in the wild. You knew, of course, that 63 million HDMI devices have already shipped.

The first product with an HDMI 1.3 port was the PlayStation 3, which sort of explains the long lines and stabbing attempts.