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Meet HDMI 2.1 With 10K 48 Gbps Support


Today the HDMI Forum a group that manages HDMI standards officially announced the new 2.1 HDMI standard. With the 2.1 HDMI standard new HDMI cord will be able to support video up to 10K. Don’t worry if your TV does not support 10K (no TVs right now do) the new 2.1 standard of HDMI cables will be backwards compatible.

“The HDMI Forum’s mission is to develop specifications meeting market needs, growing demands for higher performance, and to enable future product opportunities,” Robert Blanchard, president of HDMI forum and an exec at Sony Electronics, said in a statement.

Currently, the 2.0 standard of HDMI cables supports up to 18Gbps 8K something we are starting to see pop up here and there in some very high-end displays. With the 2.1 standard, you will be able to push 48 Gbps of data with resolutions up to 10K.

The HDMI Forum works to make sure that all HDMI cables will be compatible with all HDMI devices. Their goal is to prevent some TVs from working with one HDMI but not another. Many companies including Intel, Samsung, Dolby, Arris, and more have partnered with them to ensure a universal standard.

The HDMI Forum says they will be announcing more details on the 2.1 specs to their members at CES in January 2018.

Source: Multichannel News

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  • bbock

    Doesn’t 10K seem like a waste of bandwidth for consumer delivery. I can understand a 10K pipeline for shooting and editing content to be downscaled to 4K. I can see why people like 4K with HDR, although I don’t miss not having it. But 10K for content delivery seems like a waste.

    • TaiPeng

      Yes especially with 1080p 1TB download limitations.

  • Joel Tilson

    After watching movies/programs on 4K on my 4K TV, I personally like it.

  • Vegas Steve

    10K? I can’t tell the diff between 4k and HD unless I’m right on top of the set. All these standards do is raise the cost of ownership because you have to upgrade to remain compatible.

    • What are you saying will not be backwards compatible?

      • Vegas Steve

        Receivers for one. If you have your devices going into a receiver and then to your TV, it will need to be HDMI 2.1 to carry the load. This article doesn’t say so, but you can bet HDCP will go up as well. If your receiver doesn’t support the latest HDCP, then you’re screwed.

        Example: I have a 4k TV (HDCP 2.2). I bought a 4k Roku Premiere (HDCP 2.2). I have an older Onkyo receiver, which is capable of passing 1080p video and of course, is NOT HDCP 2.2. So one would think that you could at least pass 1080p video from the Roku to the TV via the receiver? NOPE, all I get is the purple screen! I had to run the Roku directly into my (limited) TV HDMI ports in order to get a picture. Then, I had to run optical out to my receiver. Optical out limits audio formats somewhat.