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.

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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.