HDMI organization, that develops HDMI standards have recently shared information about HDMI 2.1 on their forum. They have specified the new version data transferring capability. Let’s see what data rates and performance features are improved in this new version of the popular communication port.
HDMI 2.1 specifications were presented by the organization in CES 2017 fair at Las Vegas, It has come with great improvements, and such as support for not only 4K and 8K video transmission but also they have announced compatibility of 10K video transmission. They have also announced a refresh rate of about 120 Hz. Also, HDR functionality has been added to this new protocol for entertaining gamers.
The updated version of HDMI 2.1 is capable of supporting 4K, 3840 x 2160 Pixels at a refresh rate of 120 Hz, while they have a current maximum support for 8K resolution with 7680 x 4320 pixels at a refresh rate of 60 Hz.
This new resolution capability will also require televisions and monitors not only compliant with this new HDMI standard. But also display matrix upgradations will be required to display such a high-resolution images and videos.
The new standard data rates are designed to work at 48 Gb/s, there is also need to design cables to handle this high data rate with such an accuracy. The new cable for HDMI 2.1 will also be compatible with previous versions of protocols. Also, there will be no need to change cable if someone will try to use this new cable with old HDMI ports or device.
What’s New in HDMI 2.1 Vs its Predecessor
However, the new HDMI 2.1 is not the one with such a high-resolution capability. But it is also equipped with HDR standard which can handle dynamic HRD operations easily, by adjusting brightness, contrast, and color in each frame and optimize them accordingly. The new HDMI 2.1 standard also support eARC. Which has the capability to integrate with Dolby Atoms for extreme quality audio enhancements?
New HDMI – Game Mode VBR
By in cooperating game mode VBR which allows variable refresh rate. That optimizes the video performance and reduces latency in performance and streaming. HDMI organization representatives ensure that this new standard will be quite impressive. However, follow-up of this new standard by manufacturers will take some time. They have announced that the first implantation of HDMI 2.1 will be launched in an almost second quarter of the year 2017.