Universal Electronics debuts certified HDMI cables for 4K

BOSTON -- With legacy HDMI cables unable to keep up with the bandwidth demands of 4K/UltraHD, Universal Electronics announced during this week's INTX trade show in Boston that its full product line now carries new Premium HDMI Cable certification.

The certification was announced in October by HDMI Licensing LLC, a group backed by major consumer electronics makers including Sony, Toshiba and Panasonic. 

Under the program, participants test their HDMI cables at an authorized testing center to certify that their HDMI cables can reliably support the full 18 Gbps bandwidth of the HDMI 2.0 specification.

This spec is what is typically needed for the most advanced video formats such as 4K/UltraHD and High Dynamic Range (HDR). The program also incorporates new testing guidelines for EMI levels to minimize unwanted interference with wireless signals in connected devices.

"It's critical that all components in a 4K/UltraHD HDMI-enabled system are fully capable of delivering the high-bandwidth dependent features customers expect from their products," said Brad Bramy, marketing director of the certification program HDMI Licensing, LLC. "The launch of Universal Electronics' new Premium High Speed HDMI Cables ensures its cables are ready for today's new 4K/UltraHD products and content, and installations will be future-proof for when customers add new upgraded products."

Premium HDMI-certified cables carry a tamper-proof, anti-counterfeit label to differentiate them from other HDMI cables. A mobile app that scans the label allows manufacturers, distributors, retailers and consumers to confirm their authenticity.

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