HDMI Forum Releases v2.1 of HDMI Specification

HDMI Forum Releases v2.1 of HDMI Specification

HDMI Forum has launched version 2.1 of the HDMI specification, incorporating support for resolutions of up to 10K and dynamic HDR formats.

The HDMI forum has published the specs for version 2.1 and give gamers and multimedia perfectionists everything they could ever want for years to come. This latest HDMI Specification supports a range of higher video resolutions and refresh rates including 8K60 and 4K120, and resolutions up to 10K.

Videos also get a boost, mostly due to dynamic HDR, which allows a video to send high-dynamic range metadata to your HDR television scene-by-scene or even frame-by-frame basis, rather than simply at the start of a video. The Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) for object-based audio formats such as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, ensures full compatibility between audio devices and upcoming HDMI 2.1 products.

With the release of the Apple TV 4K and the proliferation of cheap 4K television sets, consumers may now just be getting used to the idea of 4K resolution, but the folks behind the HDMI spec continue to help push display technology forward.

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Refresh rates for 4K will top out at 120Hz, while 8K will peak at a still solid 60Hz.

The cable has a raw bandwidth of 48Gbps, more than 4 times what HDMI 1.4 offers!

Another exciting new addition is support for enhanced refresh rates, including variable refresh rates, quick media switching, and quick frame transport for smoother gaming and VR. An Auto Low Latency mode allows source units to establish the ideal latency settings for different types of media, too.

The HDMI Forum is an open trade association that guides the future direction of HDMI technology and develops new versions of the HDMI Specification. For more information on the HDMI Forum or on becoming a member please visit www.hdmiforum.org. HDMI LA provides marketing, promotional, licensing and administrative services; as well as education on the benefits of the HDMI Specification to adopters, retailers and consumers.

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