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

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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  • Why is 8K not 8192x4320, but rather 7680x4320? 4K was double the dimensions of 2K, why is 8K not double the dimensions of 4K?
  • sporkimus
    Pretty impressive plasma display.
  • dragonsqrrl
    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.
  • bmyton
    60.8ppi? Steve Jobs says

    A 145" iPad 3 would be 33k (33,380 x 18,770) resolution :)
  • Parsian
    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
  • frozonic
    Dear Santa....
  • alvine
    it would be cool to see some games on it *cough* crysis *cough*
  • rebel1280
    Half Life 3 would look perfect on this ;)
  • drwho1
    If it would only fit thru the chimney... :(

  • lockhrt999
    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