On September 4, 2013 – IFA 2013 – HDMI Forum, Inc., a non-profit, mutual benefit corporation, announced the release of Version 2.0 of the HDMI Specification. This latest HDMI specification offers a significant increase in bandwidth of 18Gbps to support new features such as 4K@50/60 (2160p); 32 audio channels; as well as dynamic auto lip-sync and extensions to HDMI-CEC. The complete Version 2.0 of the HDMI Specification is available to adopters on the HDMI Adopter Extranet.
Version 2.0 of the HDMI Specification, which is backward compatible with earlier versions of the specification, was developed by the HDMI Forum’s Technical Working Group whose members represent some of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics, personal computers, mobile devices, cables and components. The HDMI Forum currently has a membership of 88 companies.
“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.”
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. So in theory, if you already own a very good quality HDMI 1.4 cables, you do NOT need to buy a new cable!! Yaaaay!!!!
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 http://www.hdmi.org.