With the release of the HDMI 1.4 specification, there are now five

With the release of the HDMI 1.4 specification, there are now five HDMI cable types to choose from,
each designed to meet a particular performance standard. Here is an overview of the HDMI cable types, their
capabilities, and how to tell them apart.
To help consumer and clarify cable types further, all HDMI cable products will now be required to be
labeled by cable type. Look for these labels when choosing the HDMI cable that is best for your needs.
The Standard HDMI cable is designed to handle most home applications, and is tested to reliably
transmit 1080i or 720p video – the HD resolutions that are commonly associated with cable and satellite
television, digital broadcast HD, and upscaling DVD players.
This cable type offers the same baseline performance as the Standard HDMI Cable shown above (720p
or 1080i video resolution), plus an additional, dedicated data channel, known as the HDMI Ethernet Channel,
for device networking. HDMI Ethernet Channel functionality is only available if both linked devices are HDMI
Ethernet Channel-enabled
Supports up to 720p/1080i (does not support HDMI Ethernet Channel). Since an automotive system may
be wired with one or more internal relays that can affect signal strength, the Standard Automotive HDMI Cable
needs to send a stronger signal than other cables types, so it is tested to higher performance standards.
The High Speed HDMI cable is designed and tested to handle video resolutions of 1080p and beyond,
including advanced display technologies such as 4K, 3D, and Deep Color. If you are using any of these
technologies, or if you are connecting your 1080p display to a 1080p content source, such as a Blu-ray Disc
player, this is the recommended cable.
This cable type offers the same baseline performance as the High Speed HDMI Cable shown above
(1080p video resolution and beyond), plus an additional, dedicated data channel, known as the HDMI Ethernet
Channel, for device networking. HDMI Ethernet Channel functionality is only available if both linked devices
are HDMI Ethernet Channel-enabled
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