The HDMI Form has officially released the HDMI 2.0 specification. The updated HDMI specification offers increased bandwidth and brings new features designed to usher in the next generation of consumer entertainment. Specifically, the new specification supports video resolution greater than 1080p.
HDMI 2.0 now supports bandwidth of up to 18 Gbps, which allows the specification to support 4K 50/60 video. As most will already know, that 4K video is 2160p and offers four times the image clarity of 1080p. Along with support for high-resolution video also comes support for vastly improved audio.
HDMI 2.0 supports up to 32 audio channels along with other features such as dynamic auto-sync and more. The HDMI Forum says that version 2.0 of the HDMI specification is available now to adopters via the HDMI Adopter Extranet. HDMI 2.0 is backwards compatible with earlier HDMI specifications.
HDMI Licensing LLC plans to host a press conference to discuss new features of HDMI 2.0 during IFA 2013. The conference will be held on Friday at 12 PM. Interestingly HDMI 2.0 does not require new cables or new connectors. Existing high-speed cables that fall into category 2 can carry the increased bandwidth.