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New HDMI Spec Due In 2nd Half

1/10/2012 01:36:10 AM Eastern

#CES Las Vegas - The HDMI Forum
said Monday 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. The forum is open to any
company that wants to be a member for a $15,000/year membership fee. The 43 members
constituting the current forum include companies from the consumer electronics,
computer, semiconductor and cable industries.