The Mobile High-definition Link (MHL) consortium has announced the latest version of its interface standard – version 3.0 – bringing in double the bandwidth as compared to MHL 2.0 as well as support for 4K (Ultra HD) video resolution alongside a wider colour gamut to TVs.
MHL is basically a 5-pin, single-cable HD video/digital-audio interface that can be used to connect smartphones and other such portable devices to High-Definition TVs as well as other HD capable devices. Version 3.0 can charge your devices at up to 10W, supports 7.1 surround sound as well as brings in support for multiple simultaneous displays while being compatible with older versions – MHL 2.0 and 1.0.
MHL 3.0 will allow users to play 4K mobile games on their TV screens that support 4K resolution without any lag. Unlike the previous version, the new one turns your smartphone into a desktop computer by allowing you to connect a mouse through the interface itself rather than Bluetooth.
The specification also allows the use of a car’s touchscreen controls to control the phone and place calls, play music from the phone, navigation using phone’s GPS among other things – all this while the phone is getting charged.
MHL 3.0 will be available for download from the Consortium’s website in September.
MHL 3.0 Innovations Include 4K (Ultra HD) Resolution, Enhanced Audio, Simultaneous High-Speed Data, Touch Screen Support, and the Latest Content Protection
SUNNYVALE, Calif., — Aug. 20, 2013 — MHL, LLC today announced the MHL 3.0 specification to address the latest consumer requirements for connecting a mobile device to displays, marking major advancements in the areas of audio and video transmission over an MHL® link. With double the bandwidth compared to the previous specification, MHL 3.0 delivers 4K (Ultra HD) resolution and a wider color gamut to create a more brilliant visual experience, solidifying MHL’s growing presence in the living room. By using a bi-directional channel that’s significantly faster than MHL 2, the new specification enables concurrent 4K video and high-speed peripheral support of mass storage and input devices such as a touch screen, keyboard and mouse.
“As broadcasters and content service providers strive to innovate and drive revenues, many of the global players including Comcast, NHK, the BBC, Orange and Netflix are trialing and/or announcing plans to deliver UHDTV content,” said Sarah Carroll, director of global business development, Futuresource Consulting. “As TV everywhere initiatives are also a priority for the world’s broadcasters and online service providers, MHL’s technology solution with HDCP 2.2 will enable the secure delivery of 4K, premium content between different devices staying ahead of the consumer demand curve.”
“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,” said Judy Chen, president, MHL, LLC. “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.”
The 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
The MHL Experience
Home Theater – 4K Movie-Theater Picture Quality
Watch all of your favorite content in 4K movie-theater picture quality from your smartphone to your TV or home theater system. Stop, rewind, pause and play all of your content using the TV’s remote control.
Mobile Games – Zero Lag
Play all your mobile games on a 4K screen with no lag, all while the TV provides power to your smartphone for extended game play.
Office – Work Anytime, Anywhere
Transform your mobile device into a portable computer by connecting it to a keyboard, mouse, monitor (or multiple monitors), and storage device to work anytime, anywhere.
Automotive – Touch Screen to Access Music and Navigation
Interact with the smartphone through your car infotainment touch-screen display or buttons on your steering wheel to make phone calls, play music, navigate with the phone’s GPS, and more, all while providing charge to your smartphone.
The MHL 3.0 specification will be available for download at http://www.mhltech.org in early September 2013.
Today, there is an installed base of more than 330 million MHL-enabled products from more than 200 adopters. MHL will continue to evolve beyond the de facto mobile-to-TV interface and become a relevant connectivity standard for Audio/Video receivers, Blu-ray Disc™ players, game consoles, and set-top boxes to TV. Additional news will be available in the Fall of 2013 to provide more information on how MHL is expanding into this market.
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About MHL, LLC
MHL, LLC is the Agent for overseeing and administering the adoption, licensing, and promotion of the MHL Specification. The MHL Specification was developed by Nokia Corporation, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Silicon Image, Inc., Sony Corporation, and Toshiba Corporation as a standard for mobile wired video/audio connectivity, which will enable the development of standard-compliant mobile and display products across a broad connectivity ecosystem. MHL, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Silicon Image, Inc. For more information please visit http://www.mhltech.org.
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