While most major TV manufacturers are busy making and marketing their Ultra HD 4K television sets such as the Sony ones we’ve seen recently, the MHL Consortium is ready. MHL Consortium recently announced its next generation wired connectivity standard, MHL 3.0, that supports lag-free 4K streaming and more.
With double the bandwidth compared to previous specification, MHL 3.0 can deliver Ultra HD resolution streaming, enhanced audio, simultaneous high-speed data, touch screen support and the latest content protection. It is also backwards compatible so yes, you can use it with your existing devices while waiting for 4K TV prices to drop down to something a little more affordable for the ordinary consumers.
“The new innovations in MHL 3.0 pave the way for the technology’s expansion into a broader set of home, office, and automotive applications. With an installed base of more than 330 million devices, MHL, as the world’s most widely adopted mobile TV-out standard, will continue to evolve to meet consumer needs.” — Judy Chen, president, MHL, LLC.
MHL 3.0 specification capabilities include:
- 4K (Ultra HD): Support of 4K formats up to 2160p30
- Simultaneous high-speed data channel
- Improved Remote Control Protocol (RCP) with support for peripherals such as a touch screen, keyboard and mouse
- Power charging up to 10W
- Backward compatible with MHL 1 and MHL 2
- Latest HDCP 2.2 content protection
- Enhanced 7.1 surround sound with Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD
- Connector agnostic – uses as few as five pins
- Support for simultaneous multiple displays