HDMI Forum Releases New HDMI 2.1 Specification Which Supports Higher Resolutions

HDMI 2.1 arrives with Dynamic HDR and 10K support

The format includes high dynamic range (HDR) support to help ensure improved video performance with improved depth, detail, brightness, contrast and wider color gamut capabilities on a scene-by-scene or frame-by-frame sequence.

Perhaps just as pleasing to your peepers as the higher resolutions and refresh rates is the delivery of Dynamic HDR to compatible TV screens.

The coming of the new HDMI spec 2.1 is likely to take the experience to a whole new level. The new cables are backward compatible with older HDMI specs-they use the same actual plugs and sockets-but support substantially faster connections than the 18Gb/s of HDMI 2.0, let alone the 10.2Gb/s of HDMI 1.4. The Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) for object-based audio formats such as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, ensures full compatibility between audio devices and upcoming HDMI 2.1 products. This new spec supports up to 48 Gbps and this much bandwidth can be put to use for 4K at 120 Hz and 8K at 60 Hz without compression. It can also work with higher refresh rates, specifically at 4K (120Hz) and 8K (60Hz).

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For gamers, there's a variable refresh rate (VRR) feature, created to cut lag, stutter and frame tearing; and quick frame transport (QFT) for lower latency.

Quick Frame Transport (QFT) reduces latency for smoother no-lag gaming, and real-time interactive virtual reality. The HDMI Forum has also minimised the blank screens when switching sources with its Quick Media Switching (QMS) for movies and video. There's also Quick Media Switching (QMS) as well as Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) which will automatically set the ideal latency for the smoothest experience. More information will be available at CES 2018 in January, we're told.

SUPPORTING GRAPHICS, PHOTOS, AND AN OVERVIEW PRESENTATION are available in the electronic press kit at https://www.hdmi.org/press/press_kit.aspx. HDMI Forum, Inc., a non-profit, mutual benefit corporation, is comprised of the world's leading manufacturers of consumer electronics, personal computers, mobile devices, cables and components.

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