HDMI Licensing has - you guessed it - announced something new. And that something new is HDMI 2.0.
With next-generation televisions such as 4K popping up every which way, HDMI Licensing had decided to update the connection standard with a few necessary features. The most notable update involved bandwidth capacity.
Version 2.0 now features 18Gbps, which allows for piping of 3,840-by-2,160-pixel resolution video at up to 60FPS. That's four times the clarity of 1080p/60 video resolution; say hello to 4K-quality. There's also support for up to 32 audio channels, "dynamic auto lipsync" and extensions to CEC.
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HDMI Licensing said HDMI 2.0 does not need new cables or new connectors. The current high-speed cables can carry the increased bandwidth, thus allowing for backwards compatibility.
Other features of HDMI 2.0 include up to 1536kHz audio sample frequency, dual video streams for multiple users on a single display, multi-stream audio to up to four users simultaneously, as well as support for 21:9 widescreen displays.
HDMI Licensing said the HDMI 2.0 Compliance Test Specification is expected to be released before the end of 2013.