It feels just like yesterday when we started seeing flat panels making their way into the mainstream market. Now, with already 4 revisions of the HDMI standard - the latest being HDMI 1.4, we gain the ability to send data (Internet TV widgets, anyone?) in addition to even higher HD audio and video signals. The downside? Yeah, you guess it - new replacement cables are required in order to enjoy any of these goodies mentioned above.
According to the HDMI Licensing group, you'll get even greater resolution in addition to a sweet 100Mbps of networking power. While this isn't that fearsome "Gigabit" speed we were all hoping for, it sure does the job and is plenty fast for what we imagine to be another generation of TVs that will further integrate your online lifestyle into your bedrooms, living rooms, and man (and woman!) caves.
What kinda blows is the fact that you're going to have to shell out some extra dough for some brand-new cables in order to receive the full benefits of HDMI 1.4.
But wait, there's more! To add to the confusion, there's an additional Micro HDMI connector that's about 50% the size of a regular HDMI cable that will accompany the release of HDMI 1.4. This downsized cable will most likely be seen in future portable devices. Imagine plugging in your cell phone to play your newly captured 1080p video to the big screen without the need to export it on a PC. Pretty nifty, we say.
Devices supporting this new HDMI 1.4 standard are expected to be available later this year.
We just received word that there will be 5 different versions of the new HDMI 1.4 standard. We've outlined them all below for your convenience..
- Standard HDMI Cable - supports data rates up to 1080i/60;
- High Speed HDMI Cable - supports data rates beyond 1080p, including Deep Color and all 3D formats of the new 1.4 specification;
- Standard HDMI Cable with Ethernet - includes Ethernet connectivity;
- High Speed HDMI Cable with Ethernet - includes Ethernet connectivity;
- Automotive HDMI Cable - allows the connection of external HDMI-enabled devices to an in-vehicle HDMI device.