If you've been following HDTV, Blu-ray / HD-DVD, or the next-gen consoles like the PS3, you're sure to at least have some familiarity with HDMI-it's the high-end digital connection standard (basically a wire) that connects High-def sources to HDTVs. HDMI is superior to component (green, blue, red) connections in that it is digital, rather than analog, and it's better than DVI because it can also carry audio information. It's also critical to HDCP "protected-pathway" next-gen copy-protection.
Why read a story about a wire that's already all over the place, you ask? Because the new update (1.3) finally adds the features that many manufacturers have been waiting for. At long last, the seven-company consortium that developed the HDMI standard announced that they have finalized the newest version. The upgrade changes a fair number of HDMI's capabilities, and will affect the PS3 as well.