HDMI 2.0 Specification Announced: 18Gbps bandwidth, 60fps 4K, 32 channel audio

HDMI Forums Inc., announced the version 2.0 specification. The latest HDMI Specification, offers a significant increase in bandwidth (up to 18 Gbps) to support new features such as 4K videos @50/60 fps (2160p), which is 4 times the clarity of 1080p/60 video resolution; The new specification also supports 32 audio channels; as well as dynamic auto lip-sync and extensions to CEC.


HDMI 2.0 is also going to be backward compatible with the earlier HDMI specification. Increased bandwidth provides the infrastructure for new features that will drive the next generation of consumer entertainment

“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.”

The HDMI Forum has chosen HDMI Licensing, LLC to be the Agent to license Version 2.0 of the HDMI Specification. In this role, HDMI Licensing, LLC will provide marketing, promotional, licensing and administrative services, as well as education on the benefits of the HDMI Specification to adopters, retailers, and consumers.

Version 2.0 of the HDMI Specification does not define new cables or new connectors. Current High Speed cables (category 2 cables) are capable of carrying the increased bandwidth. The HDMI 2.0 Compliance Test Specification (CTS) is expected to be released before the end of 2013.

For more information about Version 2.0 of the HDMI Specification please visit HDMI.