CES 2017: HDMI Forum Announces HDMI 2.1 Spec with Increased Bandwidth, 8K Support, and More

Posted Wed Jan 4, 2017 at 03:00 PM PST by
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The latest HDMI spec has been detailed.

The HDMI Forum has announced the upcoming launch of the HDMI 2.1 spec. The new specification will be backward compatible with earlier versions of the spec, and is set to be released in early Q2 2017.

"This new release of the Specification offers a broad range of advanced features for enhancing the consumer entertainment experience, as well as providing robust solutions to the commercial AV sector," said Robert Blanchard of Sony Electronics, president of the HDMI Forum. "This is part of the HDMI Forum's continuing mission to develop specifications for the HDMI eco-system that meet the growing demand for compelling, high-performance and exciting features."

HDMI 2.1 will offer increased bandwidth with new 48G cables along with support for higher refresh rates and resolutions, including 8K60, 4K120, and Dynamic HDR video.

Here's a full rundown of HDMI 2.1 features per the press release:

• Higher Video Resolutions support a range of higher resolutions and faster refresh rates including 8K60Hz and 4K120Hz for immersive viewing and smooth fast-action detail.

• Dynamic HDR ensures every moment of a video is displayed at its ideal values for depth, detail, brightness, contrast, and wider color gamuts—on a scene-by-scene or even a frame-by-frame basis.

• 48G cables enable up to 48Gbps bandwidth for uncompressed HDMI 2.1 feature support including 8K video with HDR. The cable is backwards compatible with earlier versions of the HDMI Specification and can be used with existing HDMI devices.

• eARC supports the most advanced audio formats such as object-based audio, and enables advanced audio signal control capabilities including device auto-detect.

• Game Mode VRR features variable refresh rate, which enables a 3D graphics processor to display the image at the moment it is rendered for more fluid and better detailed gameplay, and for reducing or eliminating lag, stutter, and frame tearing.

Source: HDMI Forum

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Tags: HDMI, HDMI 2.1, CES 2017, 4K, Ultra HD, 8K, HDR, Dynamic HDR (all tags)