HDMI Licensing Administrator Inc. (HDMI LA) is showcasing the success of the latest HDMI 2.1 spec in its booth in the CES South Hall 1, #20208.
HDMI LA forecasts that almost 1 billion HDMI-enabled devices will ship in 2019, bringing the total number of HDMI devices shipped since the release of the first HDMI specification in 2002 to about 8 billion.
The HDMI 2.1 Specification was released in November 2017. Since that time, manufacturers of semiconductors, and of consumer devices including TVs, soundbars and game consoles have announced support.
"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."
"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," said Robert Blanchard of Sony Electronics, president of the HDMI Forum.
The HDMI LA booth at CES has several companies showcasing consumer experiences driven by HDMI 2.1 features. These include:
- ‘Ultimate' home theater, with UHD 8K display, high-bitrate audio using the Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) and 48G Ultra High Speed Bandwidth.
- Enhanced gaming, with a console and 4K TV showing smooth, lag-free gameplay via Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) and Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM).
- Dynamic HDR 4K TV, showing high-bitrate color and Rec. 2020 with wider color gamut.
- Ultra High Speed HDMI Cable prototypes from multiple manufacturers will demonstrate support for 48G bandwidth.
Also on display will be the latest brands supporting the Premium HDMI Cable Certification Program. This now includes over 100 participating HDMI adopters, representing several hundred major brands and resellers in the US, Asia and Europe. The program requires cables to be tested and certified at HDMI Authorized Test Centers (ATCs), and can them display the anti-counterfeiting Premium HDMI Cable authentication label.
Several HDMI adopters will be in the HDMI Tech Zone demonstrating their HDMI testing equipment, testing services and active optical cables.
HDMI Licensing Administrator Inc. is the agent appointed by the HDMI Forum to license Version 2.x of the HDMI Specification, and the agent appointed by the HDMI Founders to license all earlier HDMI Specifications. HDMI Forum Inc. is a non-profit, mutual benefit corporation, comprised of the world's leading manufacturers of consumer electronics, personal computers,. mobile devices, cables, components and silicon solutions, as well as movie studios and content providers, services providers, test labs and test equipment manufacturers.