A Taiwanese company showed off its Ultra High Def TV at the FPD International exhibition yesterday. You are probably asking yourself what the hell is ‘ultra high def and did you guys make it up?’ Well, yes and no. The company that developed the TV didn’t coin the term Ultra High Def, we did. But, the Taiwanese company, Chi Mei Optoelectronics, that produced the high def set does offer a TV with 4 times the amount of pixels as current high def boxes. The 56-inch LCD panel has a resolution of 3840 pixels by 2160 pixels and is expected to be released at a price of around $10,000. A large number of pixels means a lot of information, so the current data transmission rate for the high def TV is 1.4GB per second, which is apparently much more then your other, more regular (not ultra) high def screens.

The Taiwanese company hopes to sort out product and manufacturing issues soon enough to start selling the 56? LCD sometime next year.

Where’s the application you ask? Well according to Chi Mei Optoelectronics, some folks want to watch 4 HD channels displayed at the same time, in high def, nonetheless. They also hope this type of TV will attract the medical imaging, security, and military fields.

This isn’t the first time an Asian company has taken a stab at the ‘ultra high def’. Japan’s public broadcaster, Nippon Hoso Kyokai, has also developed a system that is 16 times the resolution of current HD; production is many years away, though.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."