HDMI 2.1 Specification Sees Strong Adoption Numbers and New Announcements at CES 2019

January 8 2019, 00:15
Since the HDMI 2.1 Specification was released in November 2017, manufacturers of several products including semiconductors, TVs, AVRs, soundbars, and game consoles have made announcements on upcoming releases supporting the specification. During CES 2019, the HDMI Licensing Administrator (HDMI LA) organization reported an increasing number of new product announcements covering a broad range of categories, and forecasted annual shipments with HDMI interface to reach almost 1 Billion devices in 2019.

“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,” says 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. 

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, including Ultra High Speed HDMI Cables supporting 48G bandwidth. The HDMI LA booth at CES 2019 is supported by several companies showcasing home theater solutions with UHD 8K TVs, 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; and dynamic HDR 4K TV supporting high bitrate color and Rec. 2020 with wider color gamut picture.

“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,” says 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.”

Also on display at CES 2019 were the latest brands representing the Premium HDMI Cable Certification Program, which includes over 100 participating HDMI Adopters representing several hundred major brands and resellers in the U.S., Asia and Europe. Premium HDMI Cables are required to be tested and certified only at HDMI Authorized Test Centers (ATCs) and display the authentication anti-counterfeiting Premium HDMI Cable Label.
Additionally, in the HDMI Tech Zone at CES 2019, several HDMI adopters demonstrated their HDMI test equipment, testing services and active optical cables and solutions.
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