SL-HDR1 is a HDR standard that was jointly developed by STMicroelectronics, Philips International B.V., and Technicolor R&D France. It was standardised as ETSI TS 103 433 in August 2016. SL-HDR1 provides direct backwards compatibility by using static (SMPTE ST 2086) and dynamic metadata (using SMPTE ST 2094-20 Philips and 2094-30 Technicolor formats) to reconstruct a HDR signal from a SDR video stream that can be delivered using SDR distribution networks and services already in place. SL-HDR1 allows for HDR rendering on HDR devices and SDR rendering on SDR devices using a single layer video stream. The HDR reconstruction metadata can be added either to HEVC or AVC using a supplemental enhancement information (SEI) message.
Astro Designs presents their lineup of HDMI 2.1 test equipement at the HDMI Licensing Administrator, Inc (HDMI LA) booth at CES 2019, showing the future of 8K as I first filmed their 8K technology in 2013 and what Astro was showing in 2015 here generating, testing, decoding, encoding, generating signals, extracting off camera sensors, often using FPGA systems or some advanced ASIC implementations before device makers are able to make the final ASICs or accelerator chips to produce these solutions for the mass market.
Teledyne LeCroy provides video spec test equipment, advanced test platforms for testing equipment to fit with the HDMI specs, capturing the digital signals at the bit level using the full picture and protocol information for getting validated.
Allion Labs, Inc. has conducted HDMI compliance test for various products since 2010 as a subcontractor of Sony HDMI Authorized Test Center (ATC).
At the CES 2019, HDMI Licensing Administrator, Inc (HDMI LA) is showing and talking about some of the new HDMI 2.1 cables that are coming to the market supporting 48Gbit/s high bandwidth, from passive cables, active copper cables and active optical cables, thus 3 different types of HDMI 2.1 cables to enable the HDMI 2.1 features including 8K60 or 4K120 un-compressed or up to 10K120 compressed. Some of the HDMI 2.1 cable providers highlighted include Elka, Inneos, JCE, Silicon Line and Legrand.
Elka is showcasing its HDMI 2.1 solution and its improved HDMI 2.0 active solution. HDMI 2.1 is the latest HDMI Specification. Elka’s renewed HDMI 2.0 active cable is longer, thinner, and more flexible than the previous one.
At the 2019 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Silicon Line, a developer of optical link technology for consumer, commercial and industrial electronics, demonstrates the world’s first active optical cables with embedded technology supporting all features of the recently released HDMI 2.1 specification. The demonstration, involves the latest HDMI 2.1-enabled 4K and 8K TVs, at the Las Vegas Convention Centre South Hall in the dedicated HDMI Licensing Administrator booth. Copper cabling presents many limitations for very high bandwidth applications that make it impractical for use in many applications, Silicon Line CEO Ruud van der Linden says that their embedded technology supports all the advanced new features of the HDMI 2.1 specification and will allow the production of thin, long, flexible optical HDMI cables at prices affordable to consumers. Munich-based Silicon Line, a member of the HDMI Forum, produces the tiny, proprietary integrated circuits and ‘optical engines’ needed to convert electrical signals to optical signals and back again. It also makes cable modules – the electronics inside cable-end connectors – which contain the integrated circuits, optical engine and other components needed to make a complete active optical cable. The company’s opto-electronics and manufacturing technologies have dramatically reduced the production cost of active optical cables for applications including HDMI, DisplayPort and USB3. Silicon Line also produces ultra-low-power optical link technology enabling thin, lightweight and long high-speed cables for consumer electronics, commercial and industrial applications. The company develops and manufactures integrated circuits and modules, which allow a simple, high volume assembly of active optical cables also suitable for a lower-cost market.
LB LUSEM announces their HDMI 2.1 enabled Fiber based cabled with a micro HDMI port connecting to a full sized HDMI port, and also announcing a USB Type-C based solution too.
FIBBR 4-in-1 HDMI Cable Supports Next Gen 8K Video Signals, with the consumer video market already starting the transition from 4K to 8K video, YOFC has the internal resources to quicly adapt to the changing specifications, with high bandwidth support up to 48Gbit/s for 8K TVs that are coming to the market with multiple inputs, providing a single cable slim design with a 7mm diameter allows it to easily fit in a wide variety of installations, using high-quality glass fibers from YOFC, one of the largest producers of glass fibers in the world.
At the HDMI Licensing Administrator, Inc (HDMI LA) booth at CES 2019, they talk about the latest with HDMI 2.1 where at CES 2019 several companies announced the first 8K products from Samsung, LG, Sony, TCL, Konka, featuring some or all of the HDMI 2.1 features, including the 48Gbit/s spec cables supporting up to 8K60 uncompressed. At their booth, the Microsoft team presents the Microsoft Xbox One X and Xbox One S which has some HDMI 2.1 gaming features supported with its firmware update such as HDMI VRR and Auto Low Latency Mode to be taken advantage of with TVs that support HDMI 2.1 features such as the 2018 Samsung TVs available in the retail market.