Post HDTV resolution era

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.

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  1. Tomi says:
    HTC Butterfly J called smart phone boasts of a 5-inch 1080p display with 440 ppi resolution.

    HTC’s representatives have told that the same display technology will be seen later in other phones.

    Source: http://www.tietoviikko.fi/kaikki_uutiset/htc+julkaisee+j+butterflyn+++markkinoiden+tarkin+naytto/a848070?s=r&wtm=tietoviikko/-17102012&;

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  2. Tomi says:
    HTC J Butterfly preview: a stunning 5-inch 1080p phone for Japan (video)
    http://www.theverge.com/2012/10/17/3515158/htc-shows-off-stunning-5-inch-1080p-j-butterfly-phone-in-japan

    440ppi Super LCD 3 sets the new standard in smartphone displays

    The rumors were true: HTC has been working on a new flagship phone with a 5-inch 1080p display, and we got to see it in Tokyo today. It’s the HTC J Butterfly, and it’s set for a release this December on AU / KDDI.

    The real attraction, though, is the 5-inch full HD Super LCD 3 screen — it’s truly a sight to behold. The Super LCD 2 seen in HTC’s previous flagship One X was arguably the best panel on the market, but we think its successor is the new champion. Color reproduction is excellent, the 440ppi resolution is astonishing

    While this is a Japan-specific model and almost certain to stay that way, HTC reps told us that its display will be making its way into other phones around the world.

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  3. Tomi says:
    Trans-Atlantic 8K/UHDTV Streaming With UltraGrid and Commodity PCs
    http://tech.slashdot.org/story/12/10/18/1521219/trans-atlantic-8kuhdtv-streaming-with-ultragrid-and-commodity-pcs

    “During 12th Annual Global LambdaGrid Workshop in Chicago, researchers have demonstrated interactive multi-point streaming of 8K/UHDTV (i.e., 16x Full HD resolution) using commodity PC hardware running Linux and open-source UltraGrid sofware. The transmissions featured GPU-accelerated JPEG and DXT compressions implemented using the NVIDIA CUDA platform”

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  4. Tomi says:
    Inter-Continental 8K Ultra High Definition Digital Media Streaming Demonstrated at the GLIF Global LambdaGrid Workshop
    http://www.ces.net/doc/press/2012/pr121017.html

    Because of the resolution limitation of human vision, 8K or ultra-high-definition video is perceived as the ultimate technology for broadcasting and cinematography applications. It is 16 times the resolution of standard Full-high-definition, and enables the viewer to be better immersed in the scene. This standard was demonstrated during the Summer Olympic Games 2012 in London by NHK and BBC, where custom hardware and networks were used to transmit the content from the stadiums. The format has been standardized and is expected to be deployed in production around the year 2020.

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  5. Tomi says:
    Ultra High Definition officially replaces 4K
    http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-33199_7-57535570-221/ultra-high-definition-officially-replaces-4k/

    The Consumer Electronics Association has announced that the consumer name for 4K will be Ultra HD and gears up for displays to be shown off at next year’s CES in Las Vegas.

    The display format formerly known as 4K will now be called “Ultra High Definition” in the home, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced in California today.

    The CEA said it chose Ultra HD to denote that it has a higher resolution than the existing 1,920×1,080 pixels of full high definition.

    To qualify as Ultra HD, a display needs to have a resolution of at least 3,840 pixels horizontally and at least 2,160 pixels vertically, the CEA said. Additionally, the product will require at least one 4K-capable digital input and display 4K content natively without upconverting.

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  6. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Revealed: Everything that Google will unveil at its Android event on October 29
    http://thenextweb.com/google/2012/10/21/revealed-everything-that-google-will-announce-at-its-android-event-on-october-29/

    Google has also been working with Samsung to launch a 10-inch tablet, confirming leaks which suggested Google had teamed up with the Korean manufacturer for another device. Our source tells us that internally the tablet goes under the name “Codename Manta”, runs Google’s new Android 4.2 operating system (previously referred to as Key Lime Pie, but is set to retain the Jelly Bean branding), and will offer a 2560×1600 pixel (16:10) resolution, which we believe will offer around 300 pixels per inch (PPI) compared to the new iPad’s 264 PPI.

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  7. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Consumer Electronics Industry Announces Ultra High-Definition
    http://www.ce.org/News/News-Releases/Press-Releases/2012-Press-Releases/Consumer-Electronics-Industry-Announces-Ultra-High.aspx

    Sonoma, CA – 10/18/2012 – The next generation of so-called “4K” high-definition display technology for the home – giant-screen TVs with more than eight million pixels of resolution, four times the resolution of today’s high-definition televisions – will be called “Ultra High-Definition” or “Ultra HD,” connoting its superiority over conventional HDTV, according to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®.

    CEA’s Board of Industry Leaders unanimously voted yesterday to endorse the consensus opinion of CEA’s “4K” Working Group recommending the term “Ultra High-Definition” and related performance attributes.

    “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 group also defined the core characteristics of Ultra High-Definition TVs, monitors and projectors for the home. Minimum performance attributes include display resolution of at least eight million active pixels, with at least 3,840 horizontally and at least 2,160 vertically. Displays will have an aspect ratio with width to height of at least 16 X 9. To use the Ultra HD label, display products will require at least one digital input capable of carrying and presenting native 4K format video from this input at full 3,840 X 2,160 resolution without relying solely on up-converting.

    “Under CEA’s leadership, the Ultra HD Working Group spent the majority of the summer meeting and discussing how to bring this technology to market,”

    “There has never been a greater time to be a consumer of televisions and displays. You can select from a wide array of choices offering outstanding high-definition picture quality, an amazing 3D experience, and interconnectivity within and outside of the home. And now we are proud to present Ultra HD for those consumers who want tomorrow’s next-generation of displays and televisions, today.”

    Ultra HD technology will be prominently displayed at the upcoming 2013 International CES®, the world’s largest and most important annual consumer technology trade show, which will be held January 8-11, 2013, in Las Vegas.

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  8. Tomi says:
    Apple introduces new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, ships today for $1,699
    http://www.theverge.com/2012/10/23/3542996/apple-13-inch-macbook-pro-with-retina-display-announced

    Apple has confirmed the rumors, and has announced a new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. The model shares many of the same features first introduced in the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro

    The highlight feature is undoubtedly the 13.3-inch screen, and it should impress thanks to its 227 pixels per inch and 2560 x 1600 screen resolution.

    most notably, the machine lacks a discrete graphics card, meaning owners will be stuck with the integrated HD 4000 graphics offered by Intel’s Ivy Bridge processor. That change may make some question the “Pro” branding on this machine. Without discrete graphics, the machine will be like the previous 13-inch MacBook Pro, and it may struggle to run demanding professional application like Photoshop, especially when it has that extremely high-resolution 2560 x 1600 display to cope with.

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  9. Tomi says:
    Apple Introduces 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display
    http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2012/10/23Apple-Introduces-13-inch-MacBook-Pro-with-Retina-Display.html

    The new MacBook Pro packs more than 4 million pixels into its 13-inch Retina display, nearly twice the number of pixels in an HD television. At 227 pixels per inch, the Retina display’s pixel density is so high the human eye is unable to distinguish individual pixels at a normal viewing distance, so images look sharp and text looks like it does on the printed page. With four times the pixels of the current 13-inch MacBook Pro, you can view and edit video in pixel-accurate 1080p and see a new level of detail in high resolution images.

    The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display features 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5 processors with the option to choose faster 2.9 GHz Intel Core i7 processors, Intel HD Graphics 4000, 8GB of 1600 MHz memory, and up to 768GB of flash storage.

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  10. Tomi Engdahl says:
    LG’s 84-inch 3840 x 2160 Television Doesn’t Come Cheap: $17,000
    http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/12/10/26/0225251/lgs-84-inch-3840-x-2160-television-doesnt-come-cheap-17000

    “LG held a big launch party today for its highly anticipated 84-inch Ultra HD TV.”

    Maybe this means we’ll finally see computer monitors break through the “HDTVs are the dominant consumers of LCD panels” barrier of 1920×1080.

    Comments:

    …for average use in the home 1920×1080 (1080p) *resolution* is not the problem for a ~60-70″ TV (still considered high end!) from 10′ away. The limiting factor for quality is still the encoding rate for anything less than BD bitrates. So, for anything other than physical media 4K is not even remotely practical, and even for physical media it’s such a diminishing return few consumers will care. Combine that with the fact physical media is in decline and I don’t see 4K adoption any time soon…

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  11. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Linus Torvalds Advocates For 2560×1600 Standard Laptop Displays
    http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/12/10/31/2032237/linus-torvalds-advocates-for-2560×1600-standard-laptop-displays

    Linus Torvalds arguing that today’s standard laptop display resolution is unreasonably low. He said, “…with even a $399 tablet doing 2560×1600 pixel displays, can we please just make that the new standard laptop resolution?”

    Linus Torvalds
    https://plus.google.com/+LinusTorvalds/posts/ByVPmsSeSEG

    So with even a $399 tablet doing 2560×1600 pixel displays, can we please just make that the new standard laptop resolution? Even at 11″? Please. Stop with the “retina” crap, just call it “reasonable resolution”. The fact that laptops stagnated ten years ago (and even regressed, in many cases) at around half that in both directions is just sad.

    I still don’t want big luggable laptops, but that 1366×768 is so last century.

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  12. Tomi says:
    iPad 4 GPU Performance Analyzed: PowerVR SGX 554MP4 Under the Hood
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/6426/ipad-4-gpu-performance-analyzed-powervr-sgx-554mp4-under-the-hood

    As always, our good friends over at Kishonti managed to have the first GPU performance results for the new 4th generation iPad. Although the new iPad retains its 2048 x 1536 “retina” display, Apple claims a 2x improvement in GPU performance through the A6X SoC. The previous generation chip, the A5X, had two ARM Cortex A9 cores running at 1GHz paired with four PowerVR SGX 543 cores running at 250MHz.

    The A6X moves to a newer GPU core: the PowerVR SGX 554.

    For less compute bound workloads the new iPad still boasts a 53% performance boost over the previous generation.

    Ultimately it looks like the A6X is the SoC that the iPad needed to really deliver good gaming performance at its native resolution. I would not be surprised to see more game developers default to 2048 x 1536 on the new iPad rather than picking a lower resolution and enabling anti-aliasing. The bar has been set for this generation and we’ve seen what ARM’s latest GPU can do, now the question is whether or not NVIDIA will finally be able to challenge Imagination Technologies when it releases Wayne/Tegra 4 next year.

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  13. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Another smart phone comes with full HD resolution display:

    The HTC Droid DNA Announced: 5-inch, 1080p, S4 Pro
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/6453/the-droid-dna-announced-5inch-1080p-s4-pro

    You’ve seen the leaks, but now it’s real. HTC and Verizon have just announced the Droid DNA, a 5-inch behemoth sporting an incredible 1080p Super LCD3 display

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  14. Tomi Engdahl says:
    LG claims UK Ultra HD TV first
    Monster 84in telly makes Blighty high street debut
    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/11/30/lg_claims_uk_ultra_hd_tv_first/

    LG has put its first 4K x 2K – aka Ultra HD – LED-backlit LCD TV into shops. Its 84in monster, the LM960V, will today be available to view in posh peoples’ shops Harrods and Peter Jones Sloane Square, part of the John Lewis group.

    Of course, how many punters – even well-off ones – will feel the need to fork out £22,500 for a big telly remains to be seen. LG’s choice of demo locations show this is clearly not a product for the rest up us

    And perhaps even the ultra-rich won’t be able to opt for an Ultra HD TV either: LG’s announcement makes no mention of availability for purchase, focusing instead on its appearance on “the British high street”.

    LG, we think, is more interested at this point in ensuring its monster monitor is “the first of its kind in the UK” than in actually selling any.

    Like the Sony, the LG Ultra HD TV can upscale HD content.

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  15. Tomi Engdahl says:
    2012: an epoch-defining year for home entertainment
    Analogue telly out, 4K Ultra HD in… and more besides
    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/12/05/2012_a_defining_year_for_home_entertainment_kit/

    The past 12 months have seen seismic changes to the living room landscape, with analogue TV finally running out of steam, the first sighting of a higher resolution future and a wholesale move to “smart” connectivity.

    TV sizes have been creeping up

    And with 4K x 2K Ultra HD emerging from the shadows, it seems things are set to get larger still.
    Expensive certainly, but 4K is a genuine evolution of the TV experience.

    The screen does a marvelous job of up-rezzing Blu-ray, and Sony even had a neat trick up its sleeve to compensate for the lack of native 4K content: a bundled 4K media player pre-loaded with movies, some of which you might actually want to watch.

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  16. Tomi Engdahl says:
    The enduring Apple TV Fantasy
    http://www.mondaynote.com/2012/12/09/5175/

    Speaking of the competition, Sony is trying to break free from its profitless HDTV past by building a new 4K TV business.

    If you have the opportunity, treat yourself to a 4K TV demo at a Sony Store. The spectacle is stunning: You see the delicate capillaries on a baby’s eyelids, feathers on birds, minute details on street scenes without any of the blurring you get on today’s HDTV.

    With 3,840 by 2,160 pixels on an 80-inch TV screen, the 4K boasts 4 times the resolution of 1080p (1920 by 1080)… and an even greater price tag ratio: $25K vs $2K or less. The 4K TV is delivered with a server that contains full-resolution movies because cable and satellite carriers provide no such content — and have no plans to do so.

    Sony has a valuable asset in its movie library and a need to push its new 4K TV technology. Could this portend an Apple-Sony alliance? The two companies have worked well together in the past, a CEO-level conversation could easily happen. But even if an Apple TV box provided a strong showcase for a Sony 4K TV set, carriers would still have to be shown how to milk the opportunity.

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  17. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Qualcomm outs Snapdragon 800 and 600: up to 2.3GHz quad-core, 4K video, due by mid 2013
    http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/07/qualcomm-snapdragon-800-and-600-chips/

    Having pushed the Snapdragon S4 into an outrageous number of devices last year, it seemed inevitable that Qualcomm would come to CES 2013 with an even more fiery Snapdragon S5. As it turns out, that prediction was slightly off the mark.

    Let’s start with the 800 and that claim of 1.75x performance.

    This SoC will be able to capture and play 4K video at 30fps, handle 2K video (or more precisely 2560 x 2048) at 60fps, and deliver the latest 7.1 channel DTS-HD and DD Plus audio standards.

    The 800 should arrive by the middle of the year, but another upgrade option will get here even sooner, by Q2.

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  18. Tomi Engdahl says:
    The next evolution of television: 4K and UltraHD

    Just when HD TVs are achieved accuracy, manufacturers have started following the reform of the passing on of the Las Vegas CES. UltraHD 4K or raise the picture to the next level, but there is one problem.

    UltraHD and 4K mean the same thing. This is a new standard, which has a resolution of 3840 × 2160 points (about 8.3 megapixels). Number of pixels is four times that of a standard HD.

    Especially Sony focuses on the new imaging technology. The company launched last year, the sale of the first 4K television. It was the 84-inch model, the price tag was a frenetic, almost 20 000.

    Now, Sony introduces the two smaller 4K-TV. Models, sizes 65 and 55 inches, and will be available in the spring.

    Sony 4K technology to connect to a second TV at the moment for technical reform, the OLED technology. It allows your TV will be very thin, and the same image quality.

    The contents problem are solved

    4K technology is currently the greatest challenges is the content. Television broadcasts do not support 4K technology, and not just the content available even movie discs.

    Sony aims to fix things in your 4K content delivery service. TVs with built in connection with the service, which supplies Sony 4K entertainment. The company makes 4K versions such as Sony Pictures’ production of the films.

    Source: http://www.tietokone.fi/uutiset/television_seuraava_aste_4k_ja_ultrahd_tulevat

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  19. Audio and video 2013 « Tomi Engdahl’s ePanorama blog says:
    [...] Post HDTV resolution era seems to be coming to TVs as well in form of 4K / UltraHD. This year, television makers like Samsung, Sony, LG and Panasonic are trying to grab attention by supersizing their television screens and quadrupling the level of detail in their images. They are promoting what they call Ultra High-Definition televisions, which have four times as many pixels as their high-definition predecessors, and can cost as much as a car. It’s a bit of a marketing push. It seems that all LCD makers are looking to move their business models on from cheap mass production to higher-margin, premium offerings. They try to innovate and secure their future viability by selling fewer, but more profitable displays. 4K at CES 2013: the dream gets real article tells that the 4K bandwagon is fully loaded and ready to get rolling. The US TV maker isn’t alone in stepping up to the higher resolution in its new flagship models. Sony, Panasonic and Sharp, Japan’s traditional big-screen TV leaders, are all attending this year’s CES with proper retail products. Manufacturers Need You to Buy an Ultra-High-Def 4K TV. Save Your Money because just as HDTV was slow to take off, the 4K start will be slow. It’s more than the price that’s keeping these things from hitting critical mass. 4K is only for ultra-premium markets this year. [...]
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  21. Tomi Engdahl says:
    The Trend Against Skeuomorphic Textures and Effects in User Interface Design
    http://daringfireball.net/2013/01/the_trend_against_skeuomorphism

    The whole default iOS look — the textures, the shadows, the subtle (and sometimes unsubtle) 3D effects — is optimized for non-retina displays.

    Retina displays are no longer limited in such ways, and need no phony effects to create interfaces that are beautiful.

    Fonts are emblematic of the changes in design enabled by higher resolution displays. In the old days, we used (and needed) screen fonts crafted pixel-by-pixel
    what looked best remained fonts that were optimized for the screen, rather than print, use

    On retina displays there’s simply no reason not to use any font you want. All fonts render nicely on retina displays.

    The trend away from skeuomorphic special effects in UI design is the beginning of the retina-resolution design era. Our designs no longer need to accommodate for crude pixels. Glossy/glassy surfaces, heavy-handed transparency, glaring drop shadows, embossed text, textured material surfaces — these hallmarks of modern UI graphic design style are (almost) never used in good print graphic design. They’re unnecessary in print

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  22. Aftermath: Electronics 2012 « Tomi Engdahl’s ePanorama blog says:
    [...] Display resolutions increase and picture quality gets better. TV technologies try to get a new boom with new technologies like 4K [...]
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  25. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Ultra HDTV: A Complete Waste of Consumers’ Money
    http://www.edn.com/electronics-blogs/brians-brain/4406032/Ultra-HDTV–A-Complete-Waste-of-Consumers–Money

    I’ve had a case of cyber-whiplash for nearly a month now. It began when I started perusing the coverage coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show in early January. And I haven’t stopped shaking my head ever since, as the manufacturers (along with the “media” outlets in their pockets) have strived to extend and amplify the CES-started announcements of this year’s industry-anointed “hot technology.” However, I seriously doubt that consumers will go along for the ride this time … as has unfortunately been the case for the past several iterations of this longstanding hype pattern.

    In the not-too-distant future, reflective of the “unsuccessful year 3″ scenario, I suspect that “Ultra HDTVs” will disappear from CES…though it may take longer than one year for this to occur. The reason for the “4K”-death-delay has everything to do with the display manufacturers’ increasingly desperate attempts to convince consumers to regularly upgrade their hardware, which may encourage the vendors to sell “Ultra HDTV” way past its expiration date.

    Some analysts have bullish forecasts for “Ultra HDTV.” Clearly, I’m not one of them. First off, the lingering worldwide economic malaise will squelch any serious motivation that the bulk of consumers might have to replace their existing sets, particularly considering the multi-thousand (or more likely multi-tens-of-thousand) dollar price tags being touted for Ultra HDTVs.

    Pricing aside, and speaking of Blu-ray, there’s also the issue of the dearth of “4K” content. As with 3-D material, games will probably lead the “Ultra HDTV” charge, followed by proprietary streaming video formats

    And even if the content does show up, in sufficient quantities and specifically associated with a sufficient number of blockbusters, there remains the unfortunate fact that the supposed quality improvements will be imperceptible to viewers. Let me qualify that statement … they will be perceptible, but only with enormous-sized screens, and then only with viewers’ noses pressed against them.

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  26. Tomi Engdahl says:
    iPad Mini Retina display may surpass iPad 4
    http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57567519-37/ipad-mini-retina-display-may-surpass-ipad-4/?part=rss&subj=news&tag=title

    The next-gen iPad Mini’s screen will have lots and lots of pixels, according to a Chinese-language report.

    The “iPad Mini 2″ will have a Retina screen boasting 324 pixels per inch (PPI), according to a Chinese language report via BrightWire.

    That’s based on an 7.9-inch iPad Mini with 2,048×1,536 resolution display — which simply doubles the resolution of the current iPad Mini’s 1,024×768 screen.

    And that’s the same resolution of the current 9.7-inch Retina iPad.

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    4k × 2k LCD TV panel shipments expected to reach 2.6 M in 2013
    http://www.electronicproducts.com/Optoelectronics/Displays/4k_2k_LCD_TV_panel_shipments_expected_to_reach_2_6_M_in_2013.aspx

    Santa Clara, CA March 14, 2013—According to the latest NPD DisplaySearch Quarterly Large Area TFT Panel Shipment Report , TFT LCD panel suppliers are forecast to ship 2.6 million 4K×2K LCD TV panels (also known as Ultra HD) worldwide in 2013, up more than 40-fold from 63 thousand in 2012.

    “4K×2K LCD TV is the newest TV technology available, and in order for it to be successful, it will be critical for the supply chain to avoid falling behind when making their purchases, even if content is still scarce. Some panel makers are also working with design houses to develop circuits built into the panel, to enable up-scaling of HD to 4K×2K content. This will help to drive the 4K×2K LCD TV market and encourage panel makers, especially those that have already started design-in work with TV brands in 2013.”

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  31. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Connecting an iPad retina LCD to a PC
    http://emerythacks.blogspot.fi/2013/04/connecting-ipad-retina-lcd-to-pc.html

    “In short, I’ve managed to drive the iPad retina display at maximum resolution from a regular PC with DisplayPort, no additional electronics required!”

    The “retina” LCD panel is LP097QX1-SPA1

    “What is great about this panel (except its resolution) is that it has an eDisplayPort interface (which is supposed to replace LVDS in the near future), and as this hack proves it is compatible with traditional DisplayPort outputs found on all modern video cards.”

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  40. Audio and video trends for 2014 « Tomi Engdahl’s ePanorama blog says:
    [...] Post HDTV resolution era seems to be coming to TVs as well in form of 4K / UltraHD. It was introduced in the 2013, and the manufacturers start to push it more in 204 because all LCD makers are looking to move their business models on from cheap mass production to higher-margin, premium offerings. They try to innovate and secure their future viability by selling fewer, but more profitable displays. On this road giant curved TVs is gaining ground: LG announces that it will present the “world’s first ” 105-inch curved ultra-hd-TV in January in Las Vegas at CES. Almost at the same time , however, Samsung also announced the proposal at CES “the world’s first and curved” 105-inch ultra HD television.. TV screens are in fact higher resolution the basic 4k level of ultra hd: Samsung and LG screens resolution is 5120 × 2160 pixels in the image (11 megapixels). [...]
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