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HDMI Gets an Update

4 Sep, 2013 By: Chris Tribbey

The nonprofit HDMI Forum has released an updated version of the HDMI specification, allowing for more bandwidth and more audio channels for consumer electronics.

Both Panasonic and Sony Electronics have already announced they will incorporate the spec in their upcoming displays.

“The introduction of the HDMI 2.0 specification represents a major milestone for the HDMI Forum,” said Robert Blanchard, 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 updated HDMI specification allows for up to 18 gigabytes per second of bandwidth, to help support the delivery of 4K content at up to 60 frames per second, and supports up to 32 audio channels.

The updated spec is backwards compatible with current HDMI-enabled devices and works with existing HDMI cables.

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