Television technology is developing rapidly. Consumers are just gaining access to the 3D TVs when the next disaster is already on the way. Maybe the next revolution is Super Resolution HD-TV. It seem stat we are entering post-fullHDTV resolution (1920×1080) era. Just few years ago full HD was considered the ultimate resolution that everybody were aiming to and was considered “enough”. No the trend seems to be that resolutions beyond full HD are becoming widely used. We are on the cusp of an era that offers better-than-ever display technologies for an excitingly immersive viewer experience.
4K is a number you will want to remember. 4K resolution is an emerging standard for resolution in digital cinematography and computer graphics. The name is derived from the horizontal resolution, which is approximately 4000 pixels. This designation is different from those used in the digital television industry, which are represented by the vertical pixel count (for example 480p, 576p, 720p, and 1080p). 4K represents the horizontal resolution because there are numerous aspect ratios used in cinema — so while the horizontal resolution stays constant, the vertical resolution depends on the video source (a.k.a. letterboxing). There are several different resolutions that qualify as 4K.
It is expected that a number of the major TV makers will begin to offer large-screen TVs with resolutions four times that of HDTV: 3840 x 2160, otherwise known as 4K. Standard and high definition will be internally up-converted to 4K resolution. Sony has already revealed a 4k projector. Panasonic has released 152in 4k by 2k 3D plasma in 2010. New movies filmed in automatically with a new 4K technology, because 4K Digital Cinema is a commonly used digital cinema projection resolution.
Xilinx Hits NAB with 4K Developments, New BBC Design tells that Xilinx wants to see the world move to decentralized high-definition video production and editing, combined with very high-definition video carried over IP protocols on standard broadband networks. Xilinx Making Immersive 3D and 4K2K Displays Possible with 7 Series FPGA System Integration press release tells that Xilinx just introduced new 28nm Kintex™-7 Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA)-based targeted reference designs and a new development baseboard for accelerating the development of next-generation, 3D and 4K2K display technologies at 2012 International CES.
Higher than HDTV resolutions are also coming fast to computer screens.
Apple calls the displays on its iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad “retina” displays because they have so many pixels packed so tightly that it’s impossible for the human eye to tell one pixel from another while holding the device a comfortable distance away from your face. Apple iPad 3 Retina display (2048×1536) started this trend to include very high resolution screen to consumer device. New iPad Display Technology Shoot-Out article points out that Apple’s definition of a “Retina Display” is actually for 20/20 Vision (defined as 1 arc-minute visual acuity). 20/20 Vision (just the legal definition of “Normal Vision,” which is at the lower end of true normal vision). The new iPad display is incredibly sharp with 264 ppi and 3.1 million pixels on a 9.7 inch screen. Marketing considerations aside, the real reason for doubling the iPad’s resolution to 2048×1536 is for the convenience and ease in up-scaling the older 1024×768 Apps from the iPad 1 and iPad 2. Marketing considerations aside, do you really need all of that “Retina Display” resolution and sharpness in such small screen?
It seems that other computer manufacturers are following. Intel braces for very high resolution computers. Intel: super-dense notebook, desktop displays common by 2013 article points out that these wouldn’t just exist in smartphones or tablets, Intel said, but would extend even from the smallest ultrabooks through to at least smaller all-in-one desktops. These would include 11-inch ultrabooks at 2560×1440 through to 21-inch desktops with 3840×2160 screens.
Intel: Retina laptop, desktop displays coming in 2013 article has this nice picture that describes what this Retina Display means:
Intel’s Ivy Bridge chips launch using ‘3D transistors’ article tells that Intel is launching its Ivy Bridge family of processors targeted at desktop computers (ultrabook processors later). Ivy Bridge family has integrated GPU (graphics processing unit) on the chips that is capable of handling high-definition video conferences and the 4K resolution offered by top-end video cameras.
Windows 8 Is Retina-Ready article tells that Microsoft is well aware of the high resolution trend and has plans in place for dealing with displays with pixel-dense displays (or “Retina”). Developers have identified a sort of “Goldilocks Zone” for the three general classes of resolutions: standard, HD, and quad-XGA (2560×1440). Inside this zone, text and UI elements aren’t blown up too cartoonish proportions or shrunk down to a size that’s frustrating to touch. Scaling to different screens
Support for higher than HDTV resolutions seems to come also to gaming devices. The Next PlayStation is Called Orbis, Sources Say. Here are the Details. article tells that the new console being planned for release in time for the 2013 holiday season will be capable of displaying Orbis games at a resolution of up to 4096×2160. It’ll also be capable of playing 3D games in 1080p (the PS3 could only safely manage 3D at 720p). The hardware is said to be based on AMD x64 CPU and AMD Southern Islands GPU.
Some developers are aiming even higher resolutions, but they are not expected to come to living rooms anytime soon. UHDTV resolutions are to be tested in 2012 London Olympics. BBC plans to use ’super hi-vision’ for London Olympics. The BBC will be recording the 2012 London Olympics in UHDTV (8K x 4K resolution), streaming the footage to 15m display screens for public viewing. At the same time Panasonic touts monster 8k by 4k ‘flickerless’ plasma article tells that Panasonic has revealed it will produce a 145in plasma screen with a resolution of 7680 x 4320, the world’s first 8k display not to require a backlight. While images of the display have yet to materialise, the company is no stranger to supersize screens, launching a 152in 4k by 2k 3D plasma in 2010.