I seem to remember that DisplayPort is royalty free, is this correct?
If so then I know it might be inappropriately late in the development phase, but how hard would it be to switch to a DisplayPort (mini or fullsize) connector? I'm not very familiar with the OMAP5, but if it helps I did find that the TI IGEPv5 board has a DisplayPort output.
The OMAP5 has build on HDMI directly from the pin-out of the SoC, it requires little to no extra circuitry to use. DisplayPort would need a bit of additional circuity to implement and space is a factor on the PCB.
Beyond that, though, HDMI has other advantages.
HDMI can carry digital audio - hopefully this will be enabled in the Pyra so that the HDMI port is NOT just a display adapter.
HDMI is a standard in computers AND audio/video equipment. I.e. I can hook it up to most modern monitors or to my home theater receiver without issues.
We're likely a long ways from this point on software, but I would like to see us be able to use the Pyra as a multimedia monster. Just plug in the HDMI to the home theater receiver and have 1080p video with surround sound. Content could be local or network or streaming over the net.
Now - follow along a bit here...
IF ARM virtual machines can become a 'thing' on the Pyra.
IF we can have that ARM VM emulate different platforms.
Apple TV, Chrome stick, FireTV and ROKU are all ARM based.
Is THAT the next wave of emulators? In games, we can have one box (Pandora/Pyra) emulate a wide variety of gaming platforms. Could the Pyra via VM capabilities emulate another ARM platform well enough to pull something like that off?
Yes - all of that is a LONG ways off - if it is possible at all. But - it comes back to a theme. We're far better off with the HDMI standard, even if it's proprietary and paid. We need that flexibility to connect to modern computer AND home theater equipment.