MHL Consortium announces SuperMHL

MHL-ConsortiumLas Vegas, USA, January 7 2015: MHL Consortium today announced the superMHL specification, the next-generation of MHL  technology for CE and mobile  devices. Building  on its market  leadership,  superMHL  delivers significant mobile advancements such as higher resolution and frame rates along with 40W of power charging, while broadening  MHL’s reach in home theater connectivity by supporting 8K video resolution and expanded audio formats. With superMHL, consumers  can link their mobile devices, set- top boxes (STBs), Blu-ray Disc players, AVRs, streaming  media sticks and other source devices to TVs and displays. The release of a new reversible  superMHL connec tor supports enhanced video formats to deliver lifelike,  immersive  content between home theater products and displays.

Features of superMHL Include:

  • Delivery  of up to 8K 120fps video
  • Deep Color support up to 48-bit c olor depths
  • Wider color gamut to view content the way filmmakers  intended Power charging up to 40W
    • High- Dynamic  Range (HDR) support to strike the perfect balance of bright spectral highlights  along with shadow details
    • Immersive  surround  sound with support for object audio such as Dolby Atmos, DTS- UHD, 3D audio, and an audio-only mode
    • Advanc ed c onnec tivity configurations to link multiple  MHL devic es together (TV, AVR, Blu-ray player) and control them via one remote
  • Content on multiple  displays when connecting a single device
  • New reversible superMHL  connec tor
  • New support for the  MHL Alt Mode for the USB T ype- C spec ific ation 

Introducing  the superMHL Connector

superMHL  mandates a minimum  set of feature requirements  so c onsumers are guaranteed a full video experience on their 4K or 8K devices. To support these advanc ed features, MHL has introduced the new reversible  superMHL connector. This 32 pin connector can carry

concurrent video, data and power charging all in a slim, consumer-friendly  form fac tor. A reversible design means that consumers  don’t have to worry about the plug’s orientation or the cable’s direction eliminating  frustration and offering a high level of flexibility.

“As the world’s leading TV brand, Samsung  c ontinues to innovate as an MHL Promoter to c reate the first 8K interfac e and the release of a reversible,  c onsumer-friendly  superMHL c onnec tor,” said John Ryu, vic e president of Visual Display,  Samsung  Elec tronic s. “superMHL is designed for higher performanc e to deliver the best possible TV resolution so c onsumers c an enjoy superior c olor, inc redible  c ontrast and true -to- life pic ture.”

With more than 750 million  MHL devices on the market, superMHL  is backward-compatible with previous MHL 1, 2 and 3 spec ific ation versions and supports the latest HDCP 2.2 content protection for the secure delivery of premium content.

“MHL enables c onsumers  to share what they love – photos, videos, music  and ideas – with the world around them. Our goal is to make  c ontent more meaningful  and ac c essible,” said Rob Tobias, president, MHL, LLC. “With the release of superMHL,  consumers can experience content beyond resolution, foc us on the pic ture instead of the pixels, and live in a world where TVs are truly windows into the future.”

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