The MHL Consortium today announced the MHL 3.0 specification to address the latest consumer requirements for connecting a mobile device like smartphone or tablet 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.
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 4K movie-theater picture quality allows to watch all the favorite content in Ultra HD movie-theater picture quality from a smartphone to a TV or home theater system which also allows to Stop, rewind, pause and play all the content using the TV's remote control. Mobile games with zero lag allows to play mobile games on a 4K screen with no lag, all while the TV provides power to the smartphone for extended game play. Portable office to work anytime and anywhere by transforming the mobile device into a portable computer by connecting it to a keyboard, mouse, monitor (or multiple monitors), and storage device. Going automotive with touchscreen to access music and navigation means to interact with the smartphone through a car infotainment touchscreen display or buttons on the steering wheel to make phone calls, play music, navigate with the phone's GPS, and more, all while providing charge to thesmartphone.
The MHL 3.0 specification will be available for download in early September 2013.
Today, there is an installed base of more than 330 million MHL-enabled products, however - as of today MHL is only supported by Android. Neither iOS nor Windows Phone are supporting MHL as of today nor taking benefit from it. Nevertheless, the MHL Consortium expects that 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.
Cheers ~ Arne