Thursday, September 5, 2013

HDMI 2.0 officially announced

HDMI 2.0 officially announced and bringing you 18Gbps bandwidth, 60fps 4K, 32 channel audio.  Shortly after the new specs leaked out, the HDMI Licensing group are announcing HDMI 2.0 officially.  This announcement arrives just in time for the rollout of a new generation of Ultra HDTVs, adding key capabilities to the HDMI connection standard. The bandwidth capacity of up to 18Gbps, has enough bandwidth to carry 3,840 x 2,160 resolution video at up to 60fps, and 32 audio channels. 

Fortunately, the connector's shape has not changed. allowing for backwards compatibility with previous HDMI connectors.  This may disappoint those hoping for a sturdier socket to help support those suddenly-popular dongles. The cables will also remain the same, as the group states that the current version of high-speed Category 2 wires can handle the increased bandwidth.  
The HDMI Forum has listed additional specs in its FAQ, including that HDMI 2.0 is able to handle up to 1536kHz audio sample frequency, dual video streams for multiple users on a single screen, multi-stream audio up to 4 users at once and support for 21:9 widescreen displays.

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