Last week all manufacturers were given access to the new 3D specifications for HDMI 1.4 via a public download. Originally scoped in June 2009, the specifications have been restricted to companies that had signed an HDMI Adopter Agreement.
Among the manufacturers working on integrating the new technology is Sony with its PlaySstation 3 and Microsoft with its Xbox 360, according to industry sources.
In Australia, cable manufacturer Kordz is already delivering 1.4-enabled HDMI cable. Accordin to CEO David Myer, the new cable will allow manufacturers to deliver the full bandwidth for 3D content.
"The new cable allows full HD to be delivered at 50Hz. This will prove popular with gaming manufacturers who will be among the first to deliver 3D gaming content," he said
The HDMI specification group said that an update to the specification, dubbed 1.4a, will be released in the near future, possibly to address a mandatory 3D broadcast format. The group announced in December 2009 that HDMI v1.4 would add support for 3D content without the broadcast component.
HDMI v1.4 establishes protocols for several 3D display technologies including frame, line, or field alternative methods; side by side display modes; and 2D-plus depth methods. It also includes data for the first time and supplies a 100Mbps Ethernet connection as well as two-way audio signals.