HDMI 2.0 is announced. Currently unnecessary but pretty sweet

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Looks like Panasonic will now be pushing 4k T.V.s harder than Best Buy Magnolia salesmen.

We’ve seen the battle begin at CES last year that came down to inches between big names. Even with the electronics titans tied up in what seems like a schoolyard “Urination competition”, HDMI could mean big things for gamers.

HDMI 2.0 can cram more bits down a high-speed HDMI cable, up to 18 gigabits per second rather than 10Gbps for HDMI 1.4b. That means it supports 4K video signals up to 60fps, the HDMI Forum announced Wednesday at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin.

The greater data transfer rates also means that HDMI 2.0 can carry dual video streams that can be shown simultaneously on the same screen.

HDMI 2.0 also supports up to 32 audio channels.

HDMI has grown ascendant in the video connector market, though a rival connector called DisplayPort maintains a significant presence, too. DisplayPort already supports 4K video at 60fps, and the HDMI Forum said the HDMI 2.0 specification earlier had been scheduled for a mid-2012 release.

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