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HDMI 2.1 sees more adoption, growth

Estimated 1 Billion devices by end of the year

LAS VEGAS – The HDMI 2.1 Specification was released in November 2017 and manufacturers of several products including semiconductors, TVs, AVRs, soundbars, and game consoles have made announcements on upcoming releases supporting the specification.  HDMI®Licensing Administrator, Inc. (HDMI LA) reports that CES 2019 will see many more announcements covering a broad range of product categories.

“In one short year after the launch of the HDMI 2.1 specification, consumer electronics companies have launched innovative products improving the gaming experience, 8K displays and cinema-quality audio for the home theater,” said Rob Tobias, CEO and President of HDMI LA. “Because of the ongoing evolution of the HDMI interface, HDMI technology continues to be the universal interface for consumer electronics products.”

HDMI LA also reports that almost 1 billion HDMI-enabled devices are projected to ship in 2019, amounting to eight billion devices shipping since the release of the first HDMI specification in 2002.

HDMI 2.1 Specification “Feature Showcase” at CES in the HDMI LA booth South Hall 1 #20208.

Following the release of the HDMI 2.1 specification, manufacturers are working on bringing new innovative products to market featuring the specification’s new features. The HDMI LA booth will have several companies showcasing consumer experiences driven by those features including:

  • Ultimate home theater with UHD 8K TV, high bitrate audio from Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) and demonstrating 48G Ultra High-Speed Bandwidth
  • Enhanced gaming with a game console and 4K TV supporting Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) and Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) for smooth lag-free and fluid gameplay
  • Dynamic HDR 4K TV supporting high bitrate color and Rec. 2020 with wider color gamut picture
  • Ultra High-Speed HDMI Cable prototypes from multiple manufacturers supporting 48G bandwidth

“The launch of the HDMI 2.1 Specification enables manufacturers to bring more immersive and dynamic experiences to consumers, and I invite everyone to come by the booth to see the demos,” said Robert Blanchard of Sony Electronics, president of the HDMI Forum. “This is a time when the 94 Forum Member companies can celebrate the successful release and implementation of the specification that they worked so hard to deliver.”

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Tim Albright is the founder of AVNation and is the driving force behind the AVNation network. He carries the InfoComm CTS, a B.S. from Greenville College and is pursuing an M.S. in Mass Communications from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. When not steering the AVNation ship, Tim has spent his career designing systems for churches both large and small, Fortune 500 companies, and education facilities.

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