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HDMI Forum Has Announced Version 2.0 of the HDMI Specification

September 4th, 2013 · 5 Comments · General 3D News


HDMI Forum today announced the release of Version 2.0 of the HDMI Specification. This latest HDMI Specification offers a significant increase in bandwidth (up to 18Gbps) to support new feature such as 4K@50/60Hz (2160p); 32 audio channels as well as up to 1536kHz audio sample frequency; as well as dynamic auto lip-sync and extensions to CEC. The complete Version 2.0 of the HDMI Specification is available to Adopters on the HDMI Adopter Extranet and HDMI Licensing will host a press conference to discuss the new features of the HDMI 2.0 Specification at IFA 2013 in Berlin on Friday, September 6 at 12:00pm in the TecWatch Forum area of Hall 11.1.

HDMI 2.0 is fully backwards compatible with earlier versions of the HDMI specifications, furthermore the HDMI 2.0 does not define new cables or new connectors. Current High Speed cables (Category 2 cables) are capable of carrying the increased bandwidth. The HDMI 2.0 Compliance Test Specification (CTS) is expected to be released before the end of 2013.

The good news here is that HDMI 2.0 is probably going to be the thing that we needed 3D HDTV manufacturers to finally add support for 3D modes with higher refresh rate such as 1080p at 50/60Hz per eye, unlike the currently available 1080p 24Hz 3D mode which is the maximum used in the devices equipped with HDMI 1.4. With that said however the HDMI Forum has still not revealed what the new HDMI 2.0 Specification will support in terms of 3D features, but thanks to the increase of the maximum supported bandwidth and the presence of support of 4K resolution with 60Hz refresh rate we should also get 1080p 60Hz for 3D mode as well. Though we are probably not going to see new 3D HDTV sets using the new HDMI 2.0 interface earlier than the spring of 2014, this is still good news.

For a bit more information about the newly announced HDMI 2.0 Specification…

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3D Interview with Steve Venuti, President of HDMI Licensing at CES

January 9th, 2012 · 2 Comments · General 3D News

Neil Schneider from MTBS is at 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and today he managed to do a video interview with Steve Venuti, President of HDMI Licensing and the whole interview is in stereo 3D format. In it Steve Venuti shares details about the latest developments at HDMI and what they mean for stereoscopic 3D gamers. He also talks about the ramifications of HDMI and mobile technologies in the new year. We are waiting for more interesting 3D videos from Neil during CES as he is going to have some more interviews and more stereo 3D coverage during show in the next few days, so stay tuned for more.

To watch the stereo 3D video interview with Steve Venuti taken at the 2012 CES…

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HDMI 1.4a Specifications with Updated Stereoscopic 3D Support

March 5th, 2010 · No Comments · Other S3D Tech


HDMI Licensing has announced the release of HDMI Specification Version 1.4a featuring some enhancements for 3D applications including the addition of mandatory 3D formats for broadcast content as well as the addition of the 3D format referred to as Top-and-Bottom. An extraction of the 3D portion of Specification Version 1.4a is also freely available for public download on the HDMI Web site in order to provide public access to the 3D portion of the HDMI Specification for those companies and organizations that are not HDMI Adopters, but require access to this portion of the Specification.

Having set a complete set of Mandatory 3D Formats in HDMI Specification Version 1.4 (with the updates available in 1.4a), the association is trying to ensure interoperability for devices designed to deliver 3D content over the HDMI connection. Implementing the mandatory formats of the HDMI Specification facilitates interoperability among devices, allowing devices to speak a common 3D language when transmitting and receiving 3D content. Or in plain words that means that you’ll be able to plug in your PlayStation 3 console, when it is updated to support stereo 3D, into a 3D-ready Samsung HDTV for example and not only having to use it with a compatible Sony TV set. Here is a list of the mandatory 3D formats that should all be supported by all compatible displays to ensure full compatibility…

For movie content (like Blu-ray 3D)
– Frame Packing: 1080p @23.98/24Hz

For game content (like PS3)
– Frame Packing: 720p @50 or 59.94/60Hz

For broadcast content (like 3D TV)
– Side-by-Side Horizontal: 1080i @50 or 59.94/60Hz
– Top-and-Bottom: 720p @ 50 or 59.94/60Hz or 1080p @23.97/24Hz

For more information you can go and download the updated 3D portion of the HDMI Specification Version 1.4a form the official HDMI website as it is freely available to anyone interested, you just need to fill in a form with some information.

To download the updated 3D portion of the HDMI Specification Version 1.4a…

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