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Panasonic Shows Off 145-Inch, 8K Res. Plasma Display

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This prototype will be used to promote the use of Super Hi-Vision which features a resolution of 7,680 x 4,320 at a solid 60 FPS.

Over in Japan, Panasonic has teamed up with Japanese broadcaster NHK to produce a 145-inch, 8K resolution prototype plasma display. The super-sized TV is the world's first self-illuminating Super Hi-Vision TV, meaning it doesn't require a backlight to light up your entertainment. It also uses a new drive method that scans the pixels vertically to achieve a uniform picture quality, eliminating high-resolution flicker.

Currently there isn't any content on hand to take full advantage of the super-high resolution: Hollywood is still struggling to graduate from 1080p and 2K (2048 × 1080) resolutions to 4K (4096 × 2160). However NHK has reportedly been experimenting with an 8K image sensor which can natively output to the team's new prototype. The new drive method helps to keep the picture rock solid despite the TV's massive size.

NHK has reportedly been working on Super Hi-Vision (SHV) for a number of years. Both Panasonic and NHK developed the monster TV to promote the research and development of SHV, and plans to film the upcoming Olympics in this super hi-def mode to show just how uber sharp and immersive the experience can be. The duo plans to demo the new tech in Japan, the United States and the UK starting in May, showcasing images and videos shot with the NHK 120 FPS 8K sensor.

According to the specs, the prototype measures 145-inches, or 1.8m (L) x 3.2m (H). The actual resolution is 7,680 x 4,320 while the frame rate resides at a solid at 60 FPS. The pixel pitch is 0.417-mm horizontal, 0.417-mm vertical, the aspect ratio is 16:9 and the phosphor array is a RGB vertical stripe.

Panasonic stated on Friday that the new 145-inch Super Hi-Vision TV will make an appearance at the Institute of Technology from May 24 to May 27, and at the SID International Symposium international conference from June 3 to June 8. No other dates and locations were provided.

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    frozonic , April 27, 2012 4:40 PM
    Dear Santa....
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    drwho1 , April 27, 2012 5:01 PM
    If it would only fit thru the chimney... :( 

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    extremepcs , April 27, 2012 5:06 PM
    rebel1280Half Life 3 would look perfect on this


    Odds of me being able to afford it and Valve actually releases HL 3 are about the same...
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  • 8 Hide
    Anonymous , April 27, 2012 4:26 PM
    Why is 8K not 8192x4320, but rather 7680x4320? 4K was double the dimensions of 2K, why is 8K not double the dimensions of 4K?
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    sporkimus , April 27, 2012 4:32 PM
    Pretty impressive plasma display.
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    dragonsqrrl , April 27, 2012 4:39 PM
    MelchiorWhy is 8K not 8192x4320, but rather 7680x4320? 4K was double the dimensions of 2K, why is 8K not double the dimensions of 4K?

    8k does not represent a single fixed resolution or aspect ratio, and neither does 4k. There are a set of standards, and 7680x4320 is one of them.
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    Parsian , April 27, 2012 4:40 PM
    MelchiorWhy is 8K not 8192x4320, but rather 7680x4320? 4K was double the dimensions of 2K, why is 8K not double the dimensions of 4K?


    Not all 4Ks are 4000+ horizontally either. The term 4K is an umbrella term for 3800 to 4100 ish (sorry cant recall the numbers)

    The reason is that, there multiple studios and industry players who are testing these different variety. Also there is the aspect ratio. For hollywood, the aspect ratio is different than say broadcasting etc... Its like how we had 16:10 widescreens and then 16:9 became popular
  • 20 Hide
    frozonic , April 27, 2012 4:40 PM
    Dear Santa....
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    alvine , April 27, 2012 4:45 PM
    it would be cool to see some games on it *cough* crysis *cough*
  • 9 Hide
    rebel1280 , April 27, 2012 4:51 PM
    Half Life 3 would look perfect on this ;) 
  • 18 Hide
    drwho1 , April 27, 2012 5:01 PM
    If it would only fit thru the chimney... :( 

  • 7 Hide
    lockhrt999 , April 27, 2012 5:02 PM
    Now this is something worth to sell a kidney for.
    Not to mention the other kidney will eventually required to sell off to pay electricity bills. :D 
  • 14 Hide
    extremepcs , April 27, 2012 5:06 PM
    rebel1280Half Life 3 would look perfect on this


    Odds of me being able to afford it and Valve actually releases HL 3 are about the same...
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    CaedenV , April 27, 2012 5:07 PM
    alvineit would be cool to see some games on it *cough* crysis *cough*

    Finally, a Crysis joke that we can take seriously! lol

    Man... I want something at this resolution.... The future looks good :) 
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    classzero , April 27, 2012 5:14 PM
    Me wanty!
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    Omid_m_19 , April 27, 2012 5:22 PM
    Just think about how much disk space is required for 8k movies!!!

    And 33 Megapixels per frame...?! That's amazing...
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    Omid_m_19 , April 27, 2012 5:25 PM
    And I was thinking,why they don't try to work on other possibilities (like holographic displays,glasses free 3d tech & etc.) instead of improving resolution?Is 8K really worth it?Worth all the R&D,money and hard work? Why they don't put that hard work on other aspects?
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    freggo , April 27, 2012 5:42 PM
    MelchiorWhy is 8K not 8192x4320, but rather 7680x4320? 4K was double the dimensions of 2K, why is 8K not double the dimensions of 4K?


    1920x1080 panels arranged in a 4x4 grid... !
    Keep in mind that video/movie resolutions have nothing in common with old style PC resolutions like 640x480 etc. but are historically based on the dimensions of the various film sized used as well as the optical resolution methods (including some that 'squeezed/de-squeezed' movies for super wide screen effects). Do a search for "Anamorphic widescreen" for more details !

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    atminside , April 27, 2012 6:08 PM
    For tv watchers what is the point? None of the major cable, sat, and telecoms are broadcasting in 1080p. Everything is in 720p or lower. Yes there are maybe a few 1080p channels but it is not enough to even justifying buying a tv with 1080p. Blu-ray, okay but anything else is nonsense. I am keeping my tube until Hollywood finally standardizes everything to 1080p. However if you are a major PC gamer then that is another story...
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    jackbling , April 27, 2012 6:13 PM
    We would have been here years ago were it not for patent trolling. SED would have been awesome. flat panel form factor, crt refresh.
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    gm0n3y , April 27, 2012 6:53 PM
    I'm planning on upgrading from my current 60" 1080p TV in a few years and I'd like to get one in the 70-80" range, but at 1080p the pixels will just be too big. I really hope that at least 2k displays (preferably 4k) are out at reasonable prices by then.
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    freggo , April 27, 2012 6:57 PM
    gm0n3yI'm planning on upgrading from my current 60" 1080p TV in a few years and I'd like to get one in the 70-80" range, but at 1080p the pixels will just be too big. I really hope that at least 2k displays (preferably 4k) are out at reasonable prices by then.


    Did you mean "4k" ?
    1920x1080 is basically a "2k" display !

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