HDMI 2.1 specs promise a retina-searing 10K Dynamic HDR future

HDMI 2.1 spec has support for VRR, 10K resolution, and Dynamic ...

The much-anticipated HDMI 2.1 specification has been released by HDMI Forum, Inc. HDMI Forum says that it will notify adopters when they release CTS materials. Surprisingly, it also supports up to 10K in resolution at a 120 Hz refresh rate, which is, on paper, incredible.

For cinephiles, High Dynamic Range (HDR) allows the display to alter its contrast and brightness on a frame-by-frame basis, and enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) ups audio support to uncompressed 7.1 and high bitrate positional audio systems such as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.

In all, HDMI 2.1 has a bandwidth capability of 48Gbps, which is supported by the new Ultra High Speed HDMI cable.

Another big novelty for HDMI is support for Dynamic HDR as well as the Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) technology, which should reduce lag, frame stutter, skipping and freezing as well as deal with that pesky frame tearing.

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Quick Media Switching (QMS) for movies and video eliminates the delay that can result in blank screens before content is displayed. Furthermore, Quick Frame Transport (QFT) reduces latency for smoother no-lag gaming, and real-time interactive virtual reality.

In spite of a version number that suggests it's only a minor update, the spec represents a significant step up from HDMI 2.0. There's also Quick Media Switching (QMS) as well as Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) which will automatically set the flawless latency for the smoothest experience.

The new Ultra High Speed HDMI cable uses the same Type A, C, and D connectors as its forebears, but offers increased 48 Gbps bandwidth compared to the 18 Gbps possible with existing HDMI 2.0 cables. It ensures full compatibility between audio devices and upcoming HDMI 2.1 products.

The HDMI Forum is an open trade association that guides the future direction of HDMI technology and develops new versions of the HDMI Specification. More information will be available at CES 2018 in January, we're told.

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