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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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planned obsolescence
By superstition on 10/22/2012 3:06:21 PM , Rating: 2
Consumerism is speeding up. People have become so socialized to dispose of electronics that even the iPad 1 is now "obsolete" according to Apple and won't receive any software updates.

1080p broadcasts are hard to find and yet we're supposed to abandon our current HD sets in favor of yet another resolution increase in short order (compare to how long SD was around).

This isn't good for the environment. And, like it or not, every one of you lives in that environment. Every product standard that demands the replacement of a previous product needs to be looked at with a cost/benefit ratio that includes environmental impact. But, people act like mice on wheels and they spin that wheel really quickly to get the latest in unnecessary tech.

Just think of how clear the moles will be on people's faces with these new 4K sets!

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