Version 2.0 of the HDMI specification for high-definition audio and video interfacing has been released today.
The new specification offers a significant increase in bandwidth up to 18Gbps to support new features such as 4K@50/60 (2160p), which is four times the clarity of 1080p/60 video resolution.
The specification will also support 32 audio channels; as well as dynamic auto lip-sync and extensions to Consumer Electronics Control, which allows users to control multiple CEC-enabled devices connected through HDMI with one controller.
Version 2.0 is backward compatible with earlier versions and does not define new cables or new connectors as current high-speed cables are capable of carrying the increased bandwidth.
“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.”
This is the first new specification to be developed by the HDMI Forum, a non-profit corporation comprised of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics, and HDMI Licensing will host a press conference to discuss the new features at the IFA 2013 technology conference in Berlin on Friday.
The HDMI 2.0 Compliance Test Specification (CTS) is expected to be released before the end of 2013.
“We are pleased to continue our work in supporting the HDMI adopter base as well as the entire HDMI ecosystem,” said Steve Venuti, president of HDMI Licensing. “Adopters can now continue to develop new product functionality over the HDMI interface as well as look to HDMI Licensing as their single contact for all their licensing and administrative needs.”