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Sharp and NHK to introduce 85-inch 33 megapixel LCD

Sharp and NHK have developed an 85-inch LCD compatible with Super Hi-Vision, a next-generation television broadcast format. This is a world first for a direct-view display that features approx. 33 megapixels (7680 x 4320 pixels), or 16 times the resolution of today's HDTV systems. The new LCD offers a brightness of 300 cd/m2 and 10 bits for each RGB color. This LCD will be shown at the Science & Technology Research Laboratories in Tokyo this weekend. Don't wait for it though as the technology will not be market ready before 2020...

PRESS SUMMARY

Check out the 85-inch Super Hi-Vision LCD introduction at YouTubeNHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) and Sharp Corporation have jointly developed an 85-inch LCD compatible with Super Hi-Vision, a next-generation television broadcast format. This is a world first for a direct-view display.

NHK began R&D into Super Hi-Vision, which has dramatically higher resolution than current HDTV, in 1995 and aims to begin trial broadcasts in 2020. With approximately 33 megapixels (7,680 [H] x 4,320 [V] pixels), or 16 times the resolution of HDTV, Super Hi-Vision will offer powerful, life-like image reproduction.

Under the joint development, Sharp's UV2A*2 LCD technology was used to create for the first time in the world a direct-view LCD compatible with the unprecedentedly high display performance of Super Hi-Vision. The combination of the Sharp technology and NHK's expertise and know-how in Super Hi-Vision will make possible ultra-detailed, super-high-quality images. The incredibly detailed images on the giant screen will immerse the viewer in a virtual-reality-like experience.

Super Hi-Vision-Compatible LCD

• Screen size 85 inches (approx. 1.9 x 1.05 m)
• Pixel count 7,680 (H) x 4,320 (V) pixels
• Brightness 300 cd/m2
• Gradation 10 bits for each RGB color

*1 As of May 19, 2011, for direct-view displays compatible with Super Hi-Vision.
*2 UV2A: Ultraviolet induced multi-domain Vertical Alignment. A photo-alignment technology for precisely controlling the alignment of liquid crystal molecules in a simple LCD panel structure.


This LCD will be shown to the public at NHK's Science & Technology Research Laboratories in Tokyo from May 26 to 29, 2011

Additional information: Check out the 85-inch Super Hi-Vision LCD introduction at YouTube
May 29, 2011
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