I ran across this article today, and thought it was interesting.
CES 2009: HDMI Introduces Next Generation Specification
Posted January 7, 2009 11:55 PM by J.C. Ribera
HDMI Licensing, LLC – the agent responsible licensing the High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) specification – has announced five key capabilities and features that will be introduced on the next version of their HDMI technology, which will launch in the first half of 2009.
"HDMI has reached an installed base of more than 600 million devices and now touches almost every consumer device that plays HD content. We want to give the industry a preview of where the HDMI specification is headed as we continue to innovate and meet the needs of this dynamic marketplace," said Steve Venuti, president of HDMI Licensing, LLC.
In the upcoming spec, HDMI will address key industry trends, which will include five innovative features, such as 3D capability, Ethernet connections, and increased resolution performance.
Consolidation of HD video, HD audio and now high speed data with the addition on Ethernet in the HDMI cable.
Audio Return Channel
Elimination of a S/PDIF cable by allowing for a TV to send audio streams upstream to an A/V receiver for processing and playback over the HDMI cable.
4K x 2K and 3D are high performance features to be met by increasing the upper limit of the HDMI link.
HD In Your Car
New connector specification for the auto industry as the world's largest auto makers move to digital HD video and audio for 21st century cars with HDMI.
New, smaller 19-pin connector