It also adds Automatic Content Enhancement (ACE) with support for future 3-D video
standards, up to dual-stream 1080p resolution, increased resolution support up to
4,096 by 2,160 pixels at up to 30Hz, and content recognition that can automatically
optimize a TV's picture settings based on content type.
The connection will permit for the first time Internet connection sharing, and
device-to-device content distribution so a user can, for example, get content
from a video camera, through the TV and up to a DVR to store it there, Steve Venuti,
HDMI LLC president, told TWICE, or you can get Internet content streaming into
the TV and send it up to a storage device and copy it there.
The format will also enable recording and copying non-content protected signals
over HDMI, he added.
"It provides a ready-to-go pipeline for other applications in development that require
a backbone to run on like, DLNA, UPnP, LiquidHD and others," Venuti said. "We want
to be the single connection that everyone can rely upon to deliver all your, audio,
video and, in this case, data needs."
The HDMI specification 1.4 will be available for download on the HDMI LLC Web site
by June 30, the HDMI LLC said. The first products based on the specification are
expected to be announced after that date.
Other enhanced functionalities in the spec include the following:
* multi-video resolution support, including 3,840 by 2,160 24Hz/25Hz/30Hz, 4,096
by 2,160 24Hz;
* expanded support for color spaces designed specifically for digital still cameras,
including YCC601, Adobe RGB and AdobeYCC601;
* a Micro HDMI 19-pin connector supporting up to 1080p resolutions for portable
devices. The mini connector is approximately 50 percent smaller than the size of
the existing HDMI Micro Connector; and
* an Automotive Connection System cabling specification designed for in-vehicle
HD content distribution, including specified resistance levels to heat, vibration
Consumers can expect to see new HDMI 1.4 cables introduced to the market when new
HDMI 1.4 devices are available, including the standard HDMI cable, supporting data
rates up to 1080i/60; and the high-speed HDMI cable, supporting data rates beyond
1080p, including Deep Color and all 3-D formats.