Mitsubishi Demonstrates 4K2K Upscaling Tech

Akihabara News reports that Mitsubishi Electric sported its new 4K2K upscaling technology Tuesday in Japan. The company told the press that Full HD video can now be converted upwards to 4,096 x 2,160 pixels thanks to the new upscaling algorithm and software.

Unfortunately, the technology cannot upscale Blu-ray content, however Mitsubishi Electric said that it will offer full HDMI 1.4 support.

As TechRadar points out, 4K2K panels are already on the market including Sony's 56-inch Trimaster SRM-L560 which hit Japanese retail stores last year. Panasonic even presented a 4K2K plasma screen at CES 2010 in January, offering a screen area that could engulf nine 50-inch TV screens.

But because so few videos are "filmed" above 1920 x 1080, applications such as Mitsubishi's upscaling technology may be needed to convert the HD format to the higher resolution when compatible 4K2K devices hit the market. With that said, Mitsubishi told the press Tuesday that future 4K2K TVs would include the new technology to help consumers transition between current HD media and the new super-sharp resolution.

No other details were released at this time, so stay tuned.

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  • Just a bunch of marketing BS, even the best algorithms cant "create" detail that is not there in the original. In the upscaling world, there is variations of spline, lanczos and a few exotic neural network algorithms (NEEDI2) that do very good interpolation.

  • With a ratio of 4.2667:1 the interpolation will not be super straight forward between current Full HD and this new Extreme HD. For video there had better be some serious hardware acceleration applied to this upconverting, I'm thinking CUDA or OpenCL with Nvidia or ATI hardware, maybe Toshiba's Spurs engine?
  • no, they can't add extra pixels. But, there is some very good hardware that is able to upgrade a signal to make it look better. Just like there are some TVs and receivers that can upgrade regular def TV to a 1080P signal and look good. It's not ever going to look as good as a proper resolution signal, but better than no algorithm at all.