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HDMI 1.4 Revealed At CES

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Just got word that they will be revealing HDMI 1.4 at CES. Here’s a full list of features that we will be getting with the new spec. I’m more interested in the Ethernet and 4K possibilities than anything. Does this mean that CAT5 will be a thing of the past in a few years? Is it worth it to upgrade your existing network from CAT5 to HDMI? Is 4xHD on it’s way already? It’s all very interesting isn’t it?

Here are the major enhancements introduced in the HDMI 1.4 specification:

* HDMI Ethernet Channel ? Adds high-speed networking to an HDMI link, allowing users to take full advantage of their IP-enabled devices without a separate Ethernet cable. (more)

* Audio Return Channel ? Allows an HDMI-connected TV with a built-in tuner to send audio data “upstream” to a surround audio system, eliminating the need for a separate audio cable. (more)

* 3D ? Defines input/output protocols for major 3D video formats, paving the way for true 3D gaming and 3D home theater applications. (more)

* 4K Support ? Enables video resolutions far beyond 1080p, supporting next-generation displays that will rival the Digital Cinema systems used in many commercial movie theatres. (more)

* Content Type ? Real-time signaling of content types between display and source devices, enabling a TV to optimize picture settings based on content type (more)

* Additional Color Spaces ? Adds support for additional color models used in digital photography and computer graphics. (more)

* HDMI Micro Connector ? A new, smaller connector for phones and other portable devices, supporting video resolutions up to 1080p. (more)

* Automotive Connection System ? New cables and connectors for automotive video systems, designed to meet the unique demands of the motoring environment while delivering true HD quality. (more)

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