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HDMI Forum, a non-profit organization that defines HDMI standard, has announced the release of version 2.0 of the HDMI specification. The new standard brings support for 4K (3840*2160) resolution video and multi-channel audio to consumer electronics. Starting from now, adopters can build 4K UHD video players and televisions with industry-standard interconnection.

"The introduction of the HDMI 2.0 specification represents a major milestone for the HDMI Forum. Our members collaborated closely to take the highly successful HDMI specification to the next level by expanding audio and video features for consumer electronics applications," said Robert Blanchard of Sony Corporation, president of the HDMI Forum.

This latest HDMI spec offers a significant increase in bandwidth (up to 18Gb/s) to support new features such as 4K@50/60 (2160p or 3840*2160 resolution), which is 4 times the clarity of 1080p/60 video resolution; 32 audio channels; as well as dynamic auto lip-sync and extensions to CEC.

Version 2.0 of the HDMI specification, which is backward compatible with earlier versions of the specification, was developed by the HDMI Forum's technical working group whose members represent some of the world's leading manufacturers of consumer electronics, personal computers, mobile devices, cables and components. The HDMI Forum currently has a membership of 88 companies.

The complete version 2.0 of the HDMI Specification is available to adopters of the technology. HDMI Licensing LLC will license technology to other companies.

Tags: HDMI, 4K, UHD, Ultra-HD

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