The High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI®) is the most commonly used connectivity standard used today. From HDTV, PCs, mobile devices, AV components and many other consumer electronics, it’s no wonder why there are so many different types and versions of HDMI cables. Other than improved audio and video performance, resolution and color spaces, capacity plus other features including Ethernet connection, 3D, and even 4K, HDMI has had the same cable and connector.
What are the different versions HDMI cables used today?
- HDMI Specification 1.1
- HDMI Specification 1.2
- HDMI Specification 1.2a
- HDMI Specification 1.3
- HDMI Specification 1.3a
- HDMI Specification 1.4
- HDMI Specification 2.0
Currently, version 1.3 and above are the most common cables sold in the market with version 1.4 capable of supporting 4K and Ultra HD resolutions. Version 2.0 was released on Sept. 2013 and has been dubbed HDMI UHD which may soon be common in residences and businesses with the popularity of 4K displays.
How about the connectors? HDMI has 5 connector types defined as Type A (full size HDMI), Type B which is slightly larger than a full HDMI, Type C (Mini), Type D (Micro) and Type E which is mostly designed for automotive systems. In addition, HDMI cables don’t have a maximum length specified and are categorized. Category 1 is for 720p and 1080i and is marketed as “standard” and Category 2 as “high-speed”. As of the HDMI 1.4 version, below are the defined types:
- Standard HDMI Cable – up to 1080i and 720p
- Standard HDMI Cable with Ethernet
- Automotive HDMI Cable
- High-Speed HDMI Cable – 1080p, 4K, 3D and deep color
- High-Speed HDMI Cable with Ethernet
We understand that you may have questions regarding the different versions and types of HDMI cables available today. Please call us and speak with a BZB professional regarding your application. We want to help.