HDMI Licensing has officially announced the release of HDMI 2.0 to support the increasing number of Ultra HD 4K television sets being released.
HDMI 2.0 has a bandwidth capacity of 18GB per second that can support an increased resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 up to 60fps as opposed to HDMI 1.4 that can only handle 4K content up to 30fps.
The new standard doesn’t require the investment in new cables or connectors as the release reminds customers “current High Speed cables [Category 2 cables] are capable of carrying the increased bandwidth”.
Other key enhancements that the new firmware update adds are up to 32 audio channels, up to a 1536kHz audio sample frequency and the ability to simultaneously deliver multi-stream audio to a number of users.
HDMI 2.0 is essential for any consumer buying an Ultra HD 4K TV set and the news that newer cables won’t have to be bought will be good news as sets start at £3,999 with some priced at over £20,000.
Some of the world’s largest technology firms are investing heavily in the next generation of televisions with huge 84in displays dominating various technology shows in recent times.
The sets are designed to support both native and upscaled 4K images with the results so far groundbreaking on most sets. 3D support is said to also be extremely impressive on various TVs and the only sticking point for many is the fact they cost so much money.
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