Most netbooks on the market today have VGA ports, but very few support HDMI output for HD video. That makes sense, since most netbooks struggle with anything higher resolution than 720p. The exception are netbooks with NVIDIA ION graphics processors or Broadcom Crystal HD video accelerators — but those are still the exception, not the rule.
That could all change in a little over a year. Fudzilla reports that when Intel brings its Cedar Trail-M Atom platform to market in the second half of 2011, it will have full support for 1080p HD video and better media and graphics functionality all around. The platform will also reportedly support HDMI output, which will make it as easy to plug a netbook into an HDTV as it is to plug in a monitor today.
Of course, a lot can change in a year. So let’s take this report with a grain of salt. But it does sound like a promising… if somewhat overdue development.