The MHL Consortium announced today a new specification, MHL 3.0, that establishes new standards for connecting mobile devices to displays, including support for 4K Ultra HD video. Ultra HD resolution is the newest resolution working its way down into the market now that some television manufacturers are producing units for consumers. In their announcement, MHL indicates a variety of content deliverers are working on plans to provide UHDTV content, including Comcast, NHK, the BBC, Netflix and Orange.
Along with the support for UHD formats of up to 2160p30, the new MHL 3.0 spec covers simultaneous high-speed data transfer, improved remote control protocol support, power charging at up to 10W, HDCP 2.2 content protection, and 7.1 surround sound. MHL also indicates the specification is connector agnostic and can be run over as few as five pins.
At this time there are still no smartphones or tablets that support the new MHL 3.0 standard. Keep in mind though that Android recently added support for a new DPI category, XXXHDPI, which would be suitable for 4K UHD TV. While many saw that as more of a marketing play than anything else since 4K would be overkill on a smartphone or tablet, it may yet turn out to be useful now that we have seen the success of Google’s Chromecast and how it bypasses the mobile device to get its data straight from the cloud.
The pieces are slowly coming together and getting in place for a new wave of consumer electronic devices to entertain us. To read more about the new MHL 3.0 specification, check out the full press release after the break. » Read the rest