HDMI LICENSING unveiled HDMI 2.0 at IFA in Berlin on Wednesday, which supports 4K Ultra HD resolution at 60 frames per second (fps).
HDMI 2.0 might be one year behind schedule, but with its arrival at this year's IFA it comes at a good time to be included in the influx of 4K TVs expected to debut in Berlin. In terms of specifications, HDMI 2.0 bandwidth capacity has been increased from 10Gbps to 18Gbps, which can support 3,840x2,160 resolution video at up to 60fps.
HDMI 2.0 also comes with support for up to 32 audio channels, "dynamic auto lip-sync" and extensions to CEC. There's also support for the 21:9 aspect ratio and simultaneous delivery of dual video streams and audio on the same screen.
Perhaps the best news is that HDMI 2.0 is backwards compatible with current HDMI-equipped kit, such as the Xbox One and PS4, with the connector and cable remaining unchanged.
Robert Blanchard of Sony and president of the HDMI forum said, "The introduction of the HDMI 2.0 specification represents a major milestone for 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."
HDMI Licensing president Steve Venuti added, "Adopters can now continue to develop new product functionality over the HDMI interface as well as look to HDMI Licensing, LLC as their single contact for all their licensing and administrative needs."
We expect to hear more about HDMI 2.0 at IFA this week. µ