The seven HDMI Founder companies (Hitachi, Panasonic, Philips, Silicon Image, Sony, Thomson and Toshiba) released what they call “a major enhancement” of the High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) specification. HDMI 1.3, they say, will enable HDTVs, PCs and DVD players “to transmit and display content in billions of colors with unprecedented vividness and accuracy.
HDMI 1.3 provides double the bandwidth of its predecessor (10.2 Gbps versus the previous 4.95 Gbps) and provides better color reproduction, support for new lossless digital audio formats like Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, automatic audio/video synching capability and an optional smaller connector for use with digital cameras and camcorders.
The companies said that the upcoming PlayStation 3 will support HDMI 1.3.
“With the adoption of Deep Color and the xvYCC color space,” the companies said, “HDMI 1.3 removes the previous interface-related restrictions on color selection. The interface will no longer be a constraining pipe that forces all content to fit within a limited set of colors, unlike all previous video interfaces.”