New HDMI Spec
Due In 2nd Half
By John Laposky On Jan 23 2012 - 6:01am
LAS VEGAS —
The HDMI Forum said at
International CES it expects to release
the next-generation HDMI specification,
capable of delivering higher-resolution
video, in the second half of 2012.
Steve Venuti, president of HDMI Licensing,
told reporters the forum, which
was formed last year and now boasts
43 member companies, has three primary
goals for the yet-unnamed spec:
increased bandwidth to accommodate
higher resolutions; broader video timing
support to accommodate a wider variety
of formats, and improved connectivity
with handheld and mobile devices, perhaps
with charging capabilities built in.
Venuti said this will be the first new
spec developed and authorized by the
HDMI Forum, which succeeded the
original seven-member HDMI Founders’
Group in 2011.
Venuti also announced that more than
1,150 licensed HDMI adopters are expected
to ship more than 800 million
HDMI-compliant products in 2012, according
to market research firm In-Stat;
an increase of 17 percent over shipments
in 2011. This translates into an
installed base of more than 3.1 billion
HDMI products deployed worldwide, a
34 percent increase over 2011.
The forum is open to any company that
wants to be a member for a $15,000/
year membership fee. There are 43
members constituting the current forum.