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HDMI Forum Officially Confirms HDMI 2.0 Specification



/ 3 years ago

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The HDMI specification has seen a few updates since the solution was launched and while the 2.0 specification isn’t breaking news to those in the industry, it is now good to know that the hardware details have been finalised at that the HDMI 2.0 specification is ready to go into production / usage / whatever.

The new HDMI specifications were developed by the HDMI Forum and offer up a significant increase in bandwidth, which now sits at a peak of 18Gbps, more than enough to support features such as 4K@50/60 2160p. This comes with support for 32 channels of audio, dynamic auto lip-sync and extensions of CEC (Consumer Electronics Control).

The new system is completely backwards compatible with older HDMI specifications and will usher in a new range of HDMI 2.0 compatible devices, pushing forward the support for new audio and video features on consumer devices for the next few years, especially given the steady uptake of 4K technology as prices begin to fall.

“The introduction of the HDMI 2.0 Specification represents a major milestone for the HDMI Forum,” said Robert Blanchard of Sony Corporation, president of the HDMI Forum. “Our members collaborated closely to take the highly successful HDMI Specification to the next level by expanding audio and video features for consumer electronics applications.”

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  • Wayne

    HDMI 2.0… And to think I haven’t personally used the original yet, much like USB 3.0. Although I have a boat load of those ports at my disposal, I’m yet to own any USB 3.0 device.

  • Justain

    USB 3.0 is great for external drives and fast USB flash drives. If you don’t use external drives, then pretty much waste of bandwidth. I really like USB 3.0 though. External hard drives are about as fast as internal. The only thing bad about USB 3.0 is that it’s quickly getting outdated compared to SSD speeds. Anyways, HDMI 2.0 is useful for umm.. people who own IMAX theaters. I honestly don’t why anyone with 2160p displays or 32 audio channels for their home theater system, nor do I know of video being rendered/recorded at that high of a resolution. I was rooting for the underdog DisplayPort but it doesn’t seem like they’re gaining any marketshare nor any love. 18Gbps = 2.5GB/sec.. That’s pretty impressive though.