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HDMI 2.0 Specifications Announced, Increases Bandwidth to 18Gbps

By Wong Chung Wee - on 6 Sep 2013, 9:58am

HDMI 2.0 Specifications Announced, Increases Bandwidth to 18Gbps

The HDMI 2.0 specifications have been announced, which features bandwidth that has been updated to 18Gbps, from 10.2Gbps of the older HDMI 1.4. Besides this, HDMI 2.0 also boasts of support for 4K video at a resolution of 3,840 by 2,160 pixels. The new standard is backward compatible with its earlier versions.

(Image Source: HDMI Licensing)

HDMI 2.0 also introduces new features that consist of the following:-

  • Up to 32 audio channels for a multi-dimensional immersive audio experience
  • Up to 1,536kHz audio sample frequency for the highest audio fidelity
  • Simultaneous delivery of dual video streams to multiple users on the same screen
  • Simultaneous delivery of multi-stream audio to a maximum of four multiple users
  • Support for the wide angle theatrical 21:9 video aspect ratio
  • Dynamic synchronization of video and audio streams
  • CEC extensions provides expanded command and control of consumer electronics devices through a single control point

Due to the fact the HDMI 2.0 standard is built on top of the existing HDMI 1.x specifications, the new standard's features will work with existing cables; however, its higher bandwidth features such as support for 4K video at Ultra HD resolution will require Category 2 HDMI (HDMI High Speed) cables. For more information on HDMI 2.0, please visit its official FAQ page here.

(Source: HDMI Forum)

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