HDMI Forum unveils new version with HDR support

HDMI_logo_37The HDMI Forum has unveiled the latest version of the HDMI specification, enabling the transmission of High Dynamic Range (HDR) formats. 

HDMI 2.0a will be available to current HDMI 2.0 users via the DMI Adopter Extranet, according to the Forum.

HDR is designed to enable better picture quality by simultaneously enabling greater detail in both the dark and bright parts of an image, enabling greater luminosity and richness in contrast. Samsung announced at this year’s CES that it planned to launch TVs that could handle HDR early this year.

“We recognized that HDR would be a critical feature as the industry evolves. Our support for HDR enables our 800+ HDMI 2.0 Adopters to develop market-leading products that include HDR and will maintain interoperability across the entire HDMI ecosystem. Along with the publication of the CEA extensions, the HDMI Forum continues to update the HDMI Specification and remain closely aligned with leading CE standards organizations,” said Robert Blanchard, president of the HDMI Forum.

“By adding HDR, the HDMI Specification continues its history of supporting the latest formats and technologies planned for Hollywood content,” said Arnold Brown, chairman of the HDMI Forum board of directors.