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New DisplayPort 1.4a Standard Points to 8K Notebook and All-in-One Desktop Displays in 2016

The Video Electronics Standard Association (VESA) yesterday announced a new Embedded DisplayPort Standard, version 1.4a, that the association claims "enables a higher video data transfer rate for increased panel resolution, greater color depth and higher refresh rates."

Along with other upgrades, the new standard will be able to take advantage of more advanced GPU video performance and display technologies, meaning a wider range of computing devices - laptops and all-in-one PCs like the iMac in particular - will be able to produce 8K content sometime next year.

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The new standard is for "embedded" panels with the ability to produce up to 8K quality display images, meaning eDP 1.4a won't work with external displays. The current DisplayPort standard is 1.2a, with VESA having announced the next-generation 1.3 standard with 5K support last September.

Full support of DisplayPort 1.3 will, however, need to wait until Intel releases its next-generation Skylake chips late this year or early next year. Apple's current 5K Retina iMac uses a custom solution to manage its 5120 x 2880 display, and 8K displays supported under the future 1.4a standard would come in at 7680 x 4320 pixels.

These higher-resolution displays at 8K should result in a more power-hungry machine, but VESA claims its new Multi-SST Operation will support a Segmented Panel Display feature, bringing lighter, lower-cost display architecture to the new eDP standard. According to Vice President Bong-Hyun You of Samsung Display Co., Ltd., this new strategy can "reduce panel thickness, reduce power draw, and reduce cost."
According to Craig Wiley, senior director of marketing at Parade Technologies, VESA board member, and editor for eDP 1.4a, “The adoption of eDP for embedded displays is now positioned for growth as eDP 1.4a has become highly optimized, especially at resolutions above quad HD. Compared to other embedded interfaces, it has the richest feature set along with the lowest power, wire count and EMI radiation, particularly when used with high-resolution panels. It will continue to evolve, along with DisplayPort, but with its own unique features specifically optimized for embedded applications such as all-in-one PCs, notebooks, tablets and smart phones.”
Currently, only select high-end television support 8K video playback, and the highest quality display Apple device is last year's 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display. Though not much content even exists to truly take advantage of an 8K display at this time, VESA's estimate of laptops, all-in-one PC's, and other devices gaining the new standard in 2016 may give enough time for the new technology to grow.



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21 months ago
Gonna need some new eyeballs.
Rating: 40 Votes
21 months ago
Next, I'd like Apple to put video cards in that can run at those resolutions.
Rating: 24 Votes
21 months ago
What no 16k support?
Rating: 13 Votes
21 months ago
What's the point?

I mean, I get it that 8k is better than 4k, but is this something realistic for a laptop? Put another way, given the distance at which laptops are used and the realistic constraints on their size, does a 15" 8k display even make sense?
Rating: 12 Votes
21 months ago

Gonna need some new eyeballs.


you can transplant a new pair from a mantis shrimp.
Rating: 11 Votes
21 months ago
8K on a MBP? Pass. I'd rather have 40-50 hour battery life with today's retina screens than 10 hours of battery life with an 8K screen.
Rating: 11 Votes
21 months ago
Who else thinks we should have everything Retina before we move up in resolution for those already Retina...
Rating: 11 Votes
21 months ago
I can see this being nice in really large desktop screens, but would you really be able to see enough of a difference in a laptop screen to be worth the extra power consumption?
Rating: 10 Votes
21 months ago
8k and 4k is stillborn.

The problem is that consumers are still happily and obviously consuming only poor quality content than their TV's are capable, and Apple is to blame.

Rent or buy a movie off Apple, it is Full HD and 5.1 compressed sound, actually pretty crap quality movie compared to Blu-Ray's. When Apple decides to support 4K movies is anyones guess, but Apple will still push out inferior quality video and audio which consumers are happily and ignorantly consuming.

Even "videophiles" that might want to enjoy 4K or eve 8K content are blocked by the fact that nobody is actually offering good quality content, not even in physical formats. Sure Netflix might stream 4K to clients on these 4K TV's, but again it is highly compressed and 5.1 audio, hardly worth someones 7.1+ high end home theater setup or investment in an 80" 4K screen.

Consumers took a huge step backwards quality wise by opting instead for convenience. It's part of the lazy culture we have become. Why get off your ass and rent a movie on Blu-ray and instead rent something twice the price on your TV or set-top device. Same happened with music when consumers opted first for CD "quality" and then chose to want highly compressed MP3's. The average consumer is oblivious to how much better things can look and sound.

As long as companies like Apple and Netflix support ******** quality content, there is no point to 4K, 5K, 8K or anything higher. There is no point to having more the 2 speakers because even the audio offered by these companies is substandard. And on top of that most Tier 1 ISP's limit and throttle this content so that you can't even choose the highest quality these companies offer because you will reach a data cap quickly. I ran out 4 days early on a 320gb data cap by watching Netflix on high quality for 2 hours a day and I am forced to use the middle quality option.

The technology is available, and consumers seem to rush to buy what they think is the best quality devices available and then they go and show how stupid they are by buying and supporting things like Apple TV and Netflix and not demanding better because they don't know any different.
Rating: 10 Votes
21 months ago
Great....

Like we have a need lol.

JK

Advancement is GOOD!
Rating: 5 Votes

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