The organization behind the HDMI standard, the HDMI Forum, presented the new and highly anticipated HDMI 2.0 standard this week during IFA 2013. The latest version enables, among other things, new HDMI 2.0 standard with higher 4K video frame rates.
We’ve been waiting for HDMI 2.0 for a while, mainly because we depend on it for the 4K Ultra HD revolution. Much 4K content will be offered with a frame rate of 50 or 60Hz in the near future, which the TVs that have been launched until this week do not support. These have HDMI 1.4a which supports 4K content with a maximum of 24Hz.
With HDMI 2.0 we thus get access to 4K content with higher frame rates such as 50Hz and 60Hz with 24bit color depth, which is especially welcome for those who play a lot of games or connect their computer to TV. In addition, the new standard offers a maximum throughput of 18Gbit / s, it is possible to send two video streams simultaneously to multiple viewers on the same screen and the new standard specifies the specification for the display of cinema scope 21: 9 image.
A number of innovations have also been introduced in terms of audio. For example, with HDMI 2.0 an audio track with up to 32 audio channels can be forwarded, the HDMI-CEC function has been improved and the lip-sync function should be switched on automatically.
Although manufacturers must provide their hardware, including TVs and media players, with an upgrade (software and / or hardware), according to the HDMI Forum, the current High Speed HDMI cables can also be used for the HDMI 2.0 standard. Panasonic is one of the first manufacturers to equip a TV with the HDMI 2.0 standard and Sony is one of the manufacturers that has indicated that the already launched 4K Ultra HD TVs will receive an update that offers support for HDMI 2.0.