HDMI 2.0 Cables & Technology

HDMI 2.0 Cables

Learn About The HDMI 2.0 Specification.

As high definition audio/video technology continues to advance, the specification for HDMI equipment and cabling is occasionally modified to ensure broad compatibility and maximum performance. Version 2.0 is the latest iteration of the HDMI spec, as issued by HDMI Licensing, LLC.

What you should know about HDMI 2.0?

Per the HDMI specification, only four HDMI cable types exist: Standard Speed, Standard Speed with Ethernet, High Speed, and High Speed with Ethernet. The HDMI organization has put in place a rule that requires all HDMI cables to be marketed in this manner. Therefore, you will not see our cables marketed as HDMI 2.0 cables. Keep in mind that installing a cable supporting HDMI 2.0 features does not give your existing devices with previous HDMI specifications the ability to experience 4K x 2K resolution, 3D, audio return or Ethernet. New A/V equipment supporting these desired features is required in order to experience the newly specified features.

Which features were added by the HDMI 2.0 specification?

HDMI 2.0 delivers many new features to take your audio/video entertainment to the next level. Below are just a few of the features we think you will care about:

  • 4K@50/60, (2160p), which is four times the clarity of 1080p/60 video resolution
  • Up to 32 audio channels for a multi-dimensional immersive audio experience
  • Up to 1536kHz audio sample frequency for the highest audio fidelity
  • Simultaneous delivery of dual video streams to multiple users on the same screen
  • Simultaneous delivery of multi-stream audio to multiple users (up to four)
  • Support for the wide angle theatrical 21:9 video aspect ratio
  • Dynamic synchronization of video and audio streams
  • CEC extensions provide expanded command and control of consumer electronics devices through a single control point

Support the newest HDMI features including UltraHD and 4k at 50/60 (2160p) with this in-wall rated cable that supports multimedia devices to displays.

This cable is perfect for home theater or desktop audio video applications requiring high speed HDMI features and video resolutions up to 1080p.

The rotating connectors allow for installation in tight spaces for support of a wall mounted HDTV.

Deliver strong performance and value with a high performance interconnect for smartphones, tablets and other HDMI equipped mobile devices.

This cable is perfect for connecting a smartphone, tablet or other mobile device to an HD display for home theater or desktop applications.

Connect a mobile device to a display and support the latest HDMI features including Ultra HD, 4k at 50/60 (2160p).

HDMI High Speed with Ethernet

  • Ultra HD 4K x 2K @ 50/60 (2160p)
  • Up to 32 Audio Channels
  • Deep Color and X.V. Color
  • HDMI Ethernet Channel
  • 10.2GHz Bandwidth
  • Audio Return Channel
  • 3D over HDMI
  • Expanded Support for Color Spaces

HDMI High Speed

  • Ultra HD 4K x 2K @ 50/60 (2160p)
  • Up to 32 Audio Channels
  • Deep Color and X.V. Color
  • 10.2GHz Bandwidth
  • Audio Return Channel
  • 3D over HDMI
  • Expanded Support for Color Spaces
HDMI version 1.0 1.1 1.2
1.2a
1.3
1.3a
1.3b
1.3b1
1.3c
1.4
1.4a
1.4b
2.0
sRGB Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
YCbCr 4:2:2/4:4:4 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
8 channel LPCM, 192 kHz, 24-bit audio capability Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD video and audio at full resolution Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Consumer Electronic Control (CEC) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
DVD-Audio support No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Super Audio CD (DSD) support No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Deep color No No No Yes Yes Yes
xvYCC No No No Yes Yes Yes
Auto lip-sync No No No Yes Yes Yes
Dolby TrueHD bitstream capable No No No Yes Yes Yes
DTS-HD Master Audio bitstream capable No No No Yes Yes Yes
Updated list of CEC commands No No No Yes Yes Yes
3D over HDMI No No No No Yes Yes
Ethernet channel No No No No Yes Yes
Audio return channel (ARC) No No No No Yes Yes
4K resolution support at 30 fps No No No No Yes Yes
4K resolution support at 60 fps No No No No No Yes
YCbCr 4:2:0 support No No No No No Yes
32 channel audio support No No No No No Yes
1536 kHz audio support No No No No No Yes
4 audio streams support No No No No No Yes
2 video streams support No No No No No Yes
21:9 aspect ratio support No No No No No Yes

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What is HDMI 2.0?

HDMI 2.0, which is backwards compatible with earlier versions of the HDMI specification, significantly increases bandwidth up to 18Gbps and adds key enhancements to support market requirements for enhancing the consumer video and audio experience.


What's new in HDMI 2.0?

HDMI 2.0 significantly increases bandwidth to 18Gbps and includes the following advanced features:

  • Resolutions up to 4K@50/60 (2160p), which is 4 times the clarity of 1080p/60 video resolution, for the ultimate video experience
  • Up to 32 audio channels for a multi-dimensional immersive audio experience
  • Up to 1536kHz audio sample frequency for the highest audio fidelity
  • Simultaneous delivery of dual video streams to multiple users on the same screen
  • Simultaneous delivery of multi-stream audio to multiple users (Up to 4)
  • Support for the wide angle theatrical 21:9 video aspect ratio
  • Dynamic synchronization of video and audio streams
  • CEC extensions provide more expanded command and control of consumer electronics devices through a single control point


Does HDMI 2.0 replace HDMI 1.x?

No, HDMI 2.0 is built on top of HDMI 1.x and any device that wants to implement HDMI 2.0 must first implement HDMI 1.x as a baseline requirement.


Is HDMI 2.0 backwards compatible with HDMI 1.x?

Yes, all HDMI versions are fully backward compatible with all previous versions.


Does HDMI 2.0 require new connectors?

No, HDMI 2.0 uses the existing connectors.


Does HDMI 2.0 require new cables?

No, HDMI 2.0 features will work with existing HDMI cables. Higher bandwidth features, such as 4K@50/60 (2160p) video formats, will require existing High Speed HDMI cables (Category 2 cables).


Can my existing HDMI 1.x devices be upgraded with HDMI 2.0 features?

Currently, there are no provisions for doing such an upgrade. Because of the new enhanced feature set, any such conversion would require hardware and/or firmware upgrades. If there are such conversions, it would come from the manufacturer. Please check with them directly.


Are there any new testing policies specific to HDMI 2.0?

No, the existing testing policies continue to apply to HDMI 2.0.


When will ATCs start to provide 2.0 testing services?

Each individual ATC will decide on when to offer HDMI 2.0 testing services. Please contact your local ATC for more information.


What are the testing requirements for HDMI 2.0?

All HDMI 2.0 features must be compliance tested with the HDMI Compliance Test Specification (CTS) 2.0 and all HDMI 2.0 devices must also be compliant with the HDMI CTS 1.4b.


When will the HDMI 2.0 Compliance Test Specification be available?

The HDMI 2.0 Compliance Test Specification (CTS) is expected to be released before the end of 2013.


Where can I learn more about HDMI 2.0?

Please visit the HDMI.org website at the following address: http://www.hdmi.org

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