Consumer Electronics Association Backs Ultra High-Definition Displays
October 19, 2012 9:18 AM
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4K resolution hardware will officially be called ultra HD
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has announced the official name for the next generation 4K high-definition display technology: "Ultra High-Definition" or "Ultra HD." According to the CEA, the name is intended to infer the new format's superiority over conventional HDTV.
The CEA Board of Industry Leaders voted unanimously this week to recommend the previously mentioned names for the new next-generation HD resolution. Along with agreeing on a name, the CEA also outlined minimal performance characteristics to help consumers and retailers understand the benefit of the new technology set to begin rolling out this fall.
“Ultra HD is the next natural step forward in display technologies, offering consumers an incredibly immersive viewing experience with outstanding new levels of picture quality,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. “This new terminology and the recommended attributes will help consumers navigate the marketplace to find the TV that best meets their needs.”
The core characteristics that the CEA agreed on include a minimum display resolution of at least 8 million active pixels with at least 3840 pixels horizontal and at least 2160 vertical pixels.
To meet the minimum needs the display will have to have an aspect ratio of at least 16 x 9. Devices meeting the specifications will also be required to have at least one digital input capable of carrying and presenting native 4K format video at 3840 x 2160 resolution without relying on upconverting.
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RE: PC Monitors
10/19/2012 11:08:15 AM
4K TVs wont be mainstream, i'm betting, for another 5-10 years.
you still have a LOT of people who dont even have a 1080p TV right now..and they are ..relatively cheap. oh.. also remember that the first 1080p TV's came out way back in 2005
these new 4K TV's will be WOW expensive for years..and everything will have to be up converted from 1080 for a long time.
then.. think of current cable/sat TV services and there existing compression to feed you 1080i/p they will be very hard pressed to handle such feeds.
RE: PC Monitors
10/20/2012 2:56:35 AM
This. There will be so very little in media to compel consumers to upgrade to "ultra-hd", that it will take years before it becomes a mainstream standard. Heck, I don't think 1080p quite standard yet--since you can still find some TV's that don't support it.
Furthermore, games have stagnated at being programmed for 1080p (or lower, and being upscaled) for several years now. As of this post, I know of no game that even comes close to being programmed for 8Mp rendering. 2560x1600 has HALF the display resolution as this standard...and it's still twice the resolution of 1080p. Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within is probably the highest-definition source material already available for > HD viewing, and it supposedly only has twice the HD resolution as well--putting it on par with WQXGA as well.
I do have hopes that pushing the resolution envelope will eventually spread across the entire tech spectrum and improve the quality of media offered--but I also know that without some mandated push by the government, that it will trickle down very, very slowly. HD was somewhat easier to press because digital was necessitated by dictation. Pushing Ultra-HD isn't going to be nearly as easy--especially with virtually no media currently being produced with that magnitude of resolution.
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