HDMI Forum Releases HDMI 2.0a Specifications

HDMI Forum Inc, the non-profit corporation behind the HDMI standard, announced the latest specifications that now have reached version 2.0a. The new upgraded specification enables transmission of HDR formats which provide enhanced picture quality by simultaneously enabling greater detail for both the dark and bright parts of an image.

“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,” said Robert Blanchard, President of the HDMI Forum, Inc. “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.”

The news had barely arrived on the scene before the critics arrived too, claiming that it’s just to little to late. And in a way, they’re right. HDMI is one of the oldest of our current display transport technologies and it lacks the adoption of the newer revisions by manufacturers. There’s also those who have trouble with devices not working well together between the last two revisions, which could be why so many manufacturers still stick to 1.4a though 2.0 was released in 2013. Looks like more and more people would like their devices to have DisplayPort instead of HDMI.