BERLIN, GERMANY – The HDMI Forum, Inc., a consortium of the world’s largest consumer electronics and computer manufacturing companies, has announced the release of Version 2.0 of the HDMI Specification, now offering what it terms a “significant increase” in bandwidth (up to 18Gbps) to accommodate 4K and up to 32 audio channels. The release was announced at IFA 2013 in Berlin.
Version 2.0 of the HDMI Specification, which is backward compatible with earlier versions of the specification, is the first spec to be developed by the HDMI Forum’s Technical Working Group. The HDMI Forum currently has a membership of 88 companies.
Version 2.0 of the HDMI Specification does not define new cables or new connectors. Current High Speed cables (category 2 cables) are capable of carrying the increased bandwidth.