HDMI Forum Releases New HDMI 2.1 Specification Which Supports Higher Resolutions

HDMI 2.1 specs promise a retina-searing 10K Dynamic HDR future

HDMI 2.1 specs promise a retina-searing 10K Dynamic HDR future

Today the HDMI Forum a group that manages HDMI standards officially announced the new 2.1 HDMI standard.

"The HDMI Forum's mission is to develop specifications meeting market needs, growing demands for higher performance, and to enable future product opportunities", Robert Blanchard, president of HDMI forum and an exec at Sony Electronics, said in a statement. HDMI 2.1 supports an insane 10K resolution which throws the pixels up to a huge 10240 x 4320, up from the 7680 x 4320 that 8K is capable of.

Support for Dynamic HDR is also a nice addition. The eARC feature for simplifying connectivity and superior audio formats and quality can be enjoyed with current HDMI and High Speed HDMI cables that support Ethernet. While the faster refresh rates are delivered to consumer TVs (8K60Hz and 4K120Hz) the HDMI Forum says that the 10K resolution is "supported for commercial AV, and industrial and specialty usages".

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

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As for those upgrades, the HDMI v2.1 standard will offer 48Gbps of bandwidth, which is a significant improvement over 18Gbps of bandwidth on the HDMI 2.0. The new spec will be available to all vendors who have adopted HDMI 2.0 and is backwards compatible with previous HDMI versions. Variable Refresh Rate can reduce or even eliminate lag, screen tearing, and stuttering, and Quick Frame Transport helps with "smoother no-lag gaming and real-time interactive virtual reality".

Quick Media Switching (QMS) for movies and video eliminates the delay that can result in blank screens before content is displayed. There's also Quick Media Switching (QMS) as well as Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) which will automatically set the flawless latency for the smoothest experience.

FOR MORE INFORMATION on the HDMI 2.1 Specification or becoming an HDMI Forum member visit the HDMI Licensing Administrator, Inc. booth at CES 2018, LVCC South Hall 1 booth 20542.

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