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Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen2: 40% faster CPU, 25% faster GPU, 8K 60FPS, Wi-Fi 7

Wi-Fi speeds of up 5Gbps could usher in new 8K workflow capabilities, but more importantly, this new chipset adds hardware support for 8K AV1 playback at 60fps and supports capture at up to 8K 30fps on mobile phones. This could well represent an inflexion point for 8K UGC. Qualcomm reported that Samsung will exclusively use Snapdragon processors in its Galaxy S23 processors worldwide The TweakTown news is here.

Remote 8K TV Production demoed in Japan

The demo showed uncompressed 8K being delivered in real-time from Japan to the SC22 show in Dallas. Edge devices supported 400 Gbps, and multiple chained edge VVFs processed the video so that the local video editing becomes unnecessary. The TVT report is here.

AMD Support for DisplayPort 2.1 Will Enable 8K support in new gaming monitors

In its announcement of the new RX7900 GPUs, AMD said that Samsung would announce an 8K (horizontal) superwide resolution monitor called the Odyssey Neo G9 at CES in January, enabled by the use of DisplayPort 2.1 by AMD. DisplayPort 2.1 can support 8K at up to 165Hz, and monitors with 8K panels of some type are expected from Dell, Acer and LG, as well as Samsung. The YouTube video is here.

New Record Low TV Prices on Black Friday – including 8K Sets

Display Supply Chain Consultants have published a blog (registration required) that highlights the changes in TV pricing from last year's Black Friday to this. The firm found that new record low prices were set this year, including on the two Samsung Neo QLED 8K sets in 65" and 75" which are selling in Best Buy for $2,599 and $3,299 respectively. Prices were last at their lowest in 2019, with Black Friday offers limited in 2020 because of panel supply and prices higher in 2021 because of high panel prices in a shortage. This year there is a glut of panels and prices for them is at a record low. Read more here: https://www.displaysupplychain.com/blog/2022-black-friday-deals-setting-new-all-time-lows-for-tvs

Hikvision unveils industry’s first “True 8K” NVRs

Hikvision makes equipment for the security market, and an "NVR" is a network video recorder. This recorder apparently uses HEVC to record at up to 8K/30 fps. They say they can use Hikvision cameras, but the most megapixels camera they offer are 12MP, with true 8K video, requiring at least 33 MP, so we need clarification. Read the news here.

RED V-RAPTOR S35– 8K 120fps, $19.5K USD

We've often reported on entry-level 8K cameras before. But was is exciting here is that this is a camera usually positioned in the cinema category, and most importantly, it can shoot up to 120 fps. Of course, as with all things RED, you need to spend a bit more to have a working camera with such basics as a handle, a memory card, and a lens, so entry prices will be closer to 30k.. The News Shooter article is here.

Hikvision unveils industry’s first “True 8K” NVRs

Hikvision makes equipment for the security market and an "NVR" is a network video recorder. This recorder apparently uses HEVC to record at up to 8K/30 fps. They say they can use Hikvision cameras, but the most megapixels camera they offer are 12MP, with true 8K video requiring at least 33 MP, so we are confused. Read the news here.

USB4® Specification to Enable 80Gbps

USB-IF previously flagged that it has been able to boost the throughput of USB to 80Gbps even using existing cables, but it didn't provide any details. Now that the group has published more, including labelling, we'll dig into the details for a forthcoming article. The Press Release is here.

Video: The Best TVs You Can Buy Are Banned in the European Union?!

More coverage of the 8K TV ban is coming to the EU next month. Caleb Denison has a big following, which may help drive a grassroots campaign to influence the regulatory commission. The YouTube video is here.

New EU Energy Regulation Could Ban 8K TVs in 2023

As we have noted previously, March 2023 could spell trouble for 8K TVs and some other advanced TV technologies because of restrictive new EU energy regulations. This flatpanelsHD article summarizes the issue but also adds information on many 4K and 8K models illustrating the large gap between existing energy consumption and the new regulation requirements. One possible workaround is a default out-of-box mode with very low luminance.

AVPro Edge Debuts 8K 8×8 Matrix Switcher

You can see a training video on this new product here and access product info here. The switcher supports 4K/120 and 8K/60, all at 4:2:0, as well as additional features in HDMI 2.1 and multiple HDR formats. It is designed for the custom install market, where the company believes it is not too early for 8K installs.

Xiaomi 12T Pro Has a 200MP Camera & 8K Video Capture

The new Xiaomi 12T Pro smartphone can capture 8K 25fps video using its 200MP sensor. GSMArena tested the new phone and found that the 8K capture mode gave real detail benefits over 4K and that 'contrast and dynamic range are praiseworthy', and the colors are 'lively'. The camera has support for Dolby Vision. There's a sample 8K video here. GSMArena thinks the phone is a 'flagship killer' because of the 'gorgeous' display and good value for money for a high-end device.

Microsoft Adds AV1 Decode Support To Their Mesa D3D12 Driver

AV1 hardware decoding is already available in many TVs, including 8K TVs. But hardware decoding in the broader range of products is needed for its use to widen. This link notes the addition of AV1 decoding in Microsoft's DirectX drivers for gaming, while this link suggests Google may require hardware AV1 decoding in Android 14 devices. This latter move could be especially significant for broader adoption.

New Intel GPU Boards Support Data Center 8K Encoding

Intel has re-branded its previously code-named 'Arctic' Add-in Graphic boards (AIBs) as 'Flex 140 and Flex 170'. The AIBs are intended for use in data centers and server systems (so no display outputs), including those used for content encoding locally and in the cloud. 

The boards are said to be the first data center GPUs to include a hardware-based AV1 encoder. Intel said they provide five times the media transcode and twice the decode throughput performance of other solutions but only half the power. Intel's press release emphasized that the Intel Data Center GPU Flex Series 140 with two devices on a single card can meet the industry's one-second delay requirement while providing 8K60 real-time transcode of AV1 and HEVC HDR. H.264 and VP9 codecs are also hardware accelerated.

First 8K gaming benchmarks for NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090

As we suspected, the first reports on 8K game play with the NVIDIA 4090 are out with many popular games showing frame rates above 60 fps with some games running native 8K HDR and other using DLSS 3 and ray tracing to get above 60 fps. That's impressive. The PC needs to be pwerful too - i9-12900k 24 GB RAM based. The DSOG Gaming article is here

V-Nova Demos MPEG-5 LCEVC Boosting Speed and Reducing AV1 Power Consumption

This video link is for a presentation on a study done with V-Nova, Intel, and Meta to evaluate using LCEVC in combination with several codecs. It finds efficiency advantages and reduces the complexity of the encode depending on the chosen codec. The video provides more detail than the summary we highlighted in our video news summary from IBC.

Introducing Intel Data Center GPU Flex Series for the Intelligent Visual Cloud

Intel has re-branded its previously code-named 'Arctic' Add-in Graphic boards as 'Flex 140 and Flex 170'. The boards are intended for use in data centers and server systems, including those used for content encoding locally and in the cloud. The boards are said to be the first data center GPUs to include a hardware-based AV1 encoder. They are claimed to provide five times the media transcode and twice the decode throughput performance of other solutions but using only half the power. Intel's press release emphasized that the Intel Data Center GPU Flex Series 140 with two devices on a single card can meet the industry’s one-second delay requirement while providing 8K60 real-time transcode of AV1 and HEVC HDR.

Our Comments: iPhone: will 8K recording be possible with an app, or must we wait for the 15 Pro?

Apple likes to get things right, and 8K video is not a feature despite the new iPhone 14 Pro having the technical specs to record it. Discussions on why and whether any third-party app will be able to deliver 8K capture have started on the rumour mill. If they're unfounded, we'll have to wait for the iPhone 15 pro as implied here or here.

Our Comments: Sharing Ideas Improves Content Production

Andy Marken's insightful piece about the Netflix Drive initiative shows how it will improve Cloud-based production and is relevant for all things 8K. To dig deeper, we are reaching out to Allan McLennan, CEP of media, head of M&E Americas for Atos and will report back shortly.

Our Comments: Fujifilm Announces X-H2 with 8K/30p ProRes 422 Video Capture

We previously reported a rumour that this camera would support 8K/30p, and it is now confirmed that it can capture that resolution in 10-bit 4:2:2 Apple ProRes video format. It is the first APS-C camera to be able to do this. Further, connecting an Atomos Ninja V+ or Blackmagic Video assist external monitor/recorder via the HDMI port can capture 12-bit RAW video. The camera costs $2,000 or $2,500 with an XF16–80mm f/4 R OIS WR lens. The review highlights that it can create 160 MP still images using pixel shifting! there's an article hereand a YouTube video here.

Seeing more with 8K – comment

John Peddie, whom we recently interviewed for our series on the relationship between 8K and gaming, addresses the question of what is preventing users from embracing 8K monitors in this piece. His answer: A limited supply of 8K monitors, not much native 8K content, and misinformation about vision and acuity.

Industry pioneers collaborate on high-quality immersive digital video and audio experiences – comment

Integration of VVC with MPEG-H immersive audio is a capability that MainConcept showcased at the SET Expo in Brazil. We expect Spin Digital to showcase something similar at IBC. 8K with immersive audio will create the most compelling experience.

Our Comments: What is 8K? Everything you need to know 

In just over a thousand words, Trusted Reviews author Verity Burns's comprehensive article dives into what is 8K TV, which main sets have launched, and at what cost. There is also time for a discussion on the benefits of 8K resolution and the availability of 8K content. In line with our lead story this week, there is even a brief discussion on 8K TV upscaling. The article doesn't pretend to have any new data; in fact, some are a little out of date, but the article does provide a nice entry point onto the world of 8K TVs.

Our Comments: MainConcept to Demo Cloud-Ready 8K Broadcast Technology at IBC

We will be at IBC to witness the demos that MainConcept has planned (in particular VVC/H.266 SDK Beta). We know MainConcept can support 8K/60p live encoding, but we doubt VVC is able to do this yet, although non-live encoding should be possible. We shall see.

Our Comments: What Hi-Fi Likes JVC’s 8K Projector a Lot

What Hi-Fi reviewed the JVC DLA-NZ7 8K projector, which is based on the firm's own D-ILA LCOS technology. It uses three of those chips with a 'BLU-Escent' laser diode light source and 'e-shift' technology (to create 8K pixels from a 4K imager) to produce an output of 2,200 ANSI lumens. The website said that it is 'capable of producing a gorgeous image and is just an all-around showstopper.' The HDMI connectors are rated at 48Gbps, and the projector can handle 4K 120Hz and 8K 60Hz signals.

The reviewer describes the image as 'crisp, natural and cinematic' and is 'home cinema projection taken seriously'. Pricing is £11,499 / $10.999

(I really like the look of LCOS, which seems very 'film-like' whether JVC's D-ILA or Sony's SXRD. Combining that with a laser source to give wide color should look great. I'm at IFA this week, and I note that JVC is also there - I hope they have this set on view and in operation! - Bob Raikes)

JVC 8K Projector
Our Comments: Picasso’s Guernica Filmed in 8K and Shown on a 325″ Display

8K capture and display for museums and cultural exhibits is one of the more critical use cases for 8K, although one that does not get discussed too much. Volumes may be low compared to consumer markets, but this can profoundly impact viewers in a very positive way, as described in this article.

Our Comments: Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered Benchmarked: 8K with DLSS 2.4 + FSR 2.0

Playing PC-based games on an 8K monitor or TV is likely to be a prominent use case going forward. Today, the best performance is achieved by running the game at a resolution of less than 8K and letting the GPU upscale (via DLSS or FSR). You will also need lots of memory and want to turn off ray tracing for fast-action games. This article provides some excellent benchmarks for Spiderman with both Nvidia and AMA GPUs with various configurations. Decent performance is possible.

Our Comments: Nikon & RED Fighting over RAW video

This Y.M.Cinema Magazine article looks at what we can learn from RED Digital Cinema's lawsuits. The upshot is that the battle over RED's patents related to RAW video might stop Nikon cameras from being used for RAW video capture. - which is how they enable 8K/60p capture.

US 8K TV Shipments to Rise Strongly – Our Comments

According to the US-based Consumer Technologies Association (CTA) quoted by HDGuru.com the market for 8K TVs in the US will rise strongly to 160,000 units in 2022, up 70% from 2021. That is in contrast to an overall drop of about 0.2% in revenue terms for the whole market consumer technology market (down $1 billion to $503 billion).

The CTA also forecast that sales will reach 479,000 in 2023. There have been some negative comments in the press recently about 8K prospects, but a market with 299% growth in one year seems very positive.

The report also said that OLED TVs should reach 2.37 million units in 2022 in the US, representing 7.8% of the market by volume. They are expected to grow to 3.83 million in 2023, to 6.93 million in 2025 and 9.25 million at the end of 2026.

Our Comments – CTA: U.S. 8K TV SHIPMENTS TO CLIMB 70% IN 2022

According to the US-based Consumer Technologies Association (CTA), quoted by HDGuru.com, the US market for 8K TVs will reach 160,000 in 2022, up 70% from 2021. That is in contrast to an overall drop of about 0.2% in revenue for the whole market (down $1 billion to $503 billion). The CTA also forecasts that sales will reach 479,000 in this report in 2023. There have been some negative comments in the press recently, but a market with 299% growth in one year seems quite positive. The report also said that OLED TVs should reach 2.37 million units in 2022 in the US, representing 7.8% of the market by volume. They are expected to grow to 3.83 million in 2023, 6.93 million in 2025, and 9.25 million at the end of 2026.

Our Comments: 4K-8K Shootout panel discussion

Value Electronics recently conducted a shoot-out with 4K and 8K TVs. We will have in-depth articles on this in coming issues, but this video is very much worth listening to. It is a panel of experts discussing the pros and cons of 8K. They see a positive future for 8K, primarily gaming, but we must be patient. Many of the same pros and cons existed for 4K, which are being overcome, and they see history repeating with 8K.

Our Comments: Global TV Panel Makers Start the Largest Production Cut in History. When will Supply and Demand Return to Balance?

Sales of TVs are expected to decline in 2022 after record TV sales during the pandemic. As a result, panel fabs are reducing capacity. TV brands are scaling back orders while at the same time slashing prices and offering promotional deals. Samsung is being particularly aggressive in promoting their 8K TVs with price cuts and now an offer to bundle a Galaxy S22 Ultra smartphone with your 8K TV purchase (see link below). Read the news here.

LED Wall Installed with 10K Resolution – Comment

LED wall designers are using smaller pitch LEDs to develop higher and higher resolution setups. Absen posted a press release about an installation in the UK that uses 200 sq meters (2,150 sq ft) of 2.5mm pitch LEDs in a 27m x 3.5m (89-ft x 11-ft 6-ins) video wall with 10,800 x 1400 pixels (15 megapixels) and using a combination of servers from Barco and AV Stumpfl. The LEDs produce 1,200 nits of output for a bright display. The wall is used as a backdrop for live events and global streaming events.

Our Comments: Shoot in 8K. Watch in 8K.

Sales of TVs are expected to decline in 2022 after record TV sales during the pandemic. As a result, panel fabs are reducing capacity, TV brands are scaling back orders, while at the same time slashing prices and offering promotional deals (see links below). Samsung is being particularly agressive in promoting their 8K TVs with price cuts and now an offer to bundle an Galaxy S22 Ultra smartphone with your 8K TV purchase. Read the news here.

Our Comments: Samsung Launches 24Gbps GDDR6 DRAM For NextGen Graphics Cards

Samsung's new GDDR6 Graphics RAM devices can transmit up to 1.1 Terabytes of data per second. The chips are aimed at GPU applications, but Samsung also anticipates using the technology in autonomous vehicles and high-performance computing. The firm said the memory would 'enable seamless 4K and 8K video playback while supporting demanding AI accelerator workloads. Read about it here.

Our Comments: Absen’s LED wall drives rebranding event for the eco bus company

LED wall designers are using smaller pitch LEDs to develop higher and higher resolution setups. Absen posted a press release about an installation in the UK that uses 200 sq meters (2,150 sq ft) of 2.5mm pitch LEDs in a 27m x 3.5m (89-ft x 11-ft 6-ins) video wall with 10,800 x 1400 pixels (15 megapixels) and using a combination of servers from Barco and AV Stumpfl. The LEDs produce 1,200 nits of output for a bright display. The wall is used as a backdrop for live events and global streaming events. The Display Daily piece is here.

Our Comments: DVB adds AVS3 to its core specification

The baseline for DVB-AVC is UltraHD/4K support, but 8K is also supported as well as HFR. The DVB is still working on the AV1 codec and adds to previous support for VVC. The AVS3 codec was developed in China and is optimized for 8K. DVB hopes to continue its work in recent years to extend beyond Europe. `The CSI Magazine article is here.

Our Comments: Samsung Offered Big Savings on Amazon Prime Day

Amazon Prime day is over but you could have bought an 8K TV at really big discounts. How big? How about getting that 85" 8K TV for $5K instead of $9K, or the 75" version for $3K instead of $4.8K. While these are not yet mainstream prices, it does show that Samsung seems to be doing its part to envigorate the 8K TV market. Read the ET article here.

Comments – Samsung Unveils ISOCELL Image Sensor With Industry’s Smallest 0.56μm Pixel

Samsung has released the latest version of its ISOCELL 200-megapixel smartphone camera sensor, the HP3. The chip reduces the pixel size by 12% and will reduce the space taken by the camera. The chip has Super Quad Phase Detection (QPD) autofocus technology for faster and more accurate focus and can capture 8K at 30fps or 4K at 120fps. There's a boost in bit depth from 12 bits to 14 bits for 'better pixels'. Mass production should start this year, with the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra rumored to use it reportedly from July.

Comment – A new 8K HDR Panel Due in 2023

TFT Central reported that panel maker AUO is planning a new 8K 32" LCD panel for shipment in Q2 2023, likely to be in products by the second half of the year. It is expected to have 4608-zone and DisplayHDR1000 support. The article is behind a paywall.

Our Comments: Nokia teams with Qualcomm to demo power of 5G in broadcast

Nokia, Elisa and Qualcomm said they had hit 2.1Gbps 5G uplink speeds in a test at the Nokia Arena, adding to the 8Gbps seen in download. The group said it sees opportunities for real-time multi-user 8K UHD video streaming with the technology. The RapidTVNews article is here.

Our Comments: Content creators exploring 8K at the same time as accelerating 4K production

David Davies wrote the above for IBC 365. In his list of trends, of course, it was number eight ;o). IBC notes the unprecedented number of 8K-related product launches and demos at NAB 22 that we covered here. We can only surmise that this points to an IBC 2022 with plenty more 8K news to keep us busy in September. The trends are here (need to register, but it's free).

Comment – Xiaomi Voice-enabled STB Supports 8K

Xiaomi has a new Android-based streaming box in China. It has support for HDMI2.1 and can display on 8K TVs. The device has 4GB of memory and 64GB of storage. At the moment, there is no plan by Xiaomi to make it available outside China. GIZMOCHINA talks about it here.

Comment – More Apple Speculation: Finally adding AV1 Support?

Despite being a member of the Alliance of Open Media, the organization behind AV1, since 2018, Apple has not yet announced support for the codec. With the launch of the M2 chip and a new global variable that appeared in Apple's Core Media libraries, speculation is rife that this is about to change, as seen in this NeoWin article. We think this would align with the firm's broadening support of 8K.

Our Comments: Realtek_AI Super Resolution Fidelity Recovery IC (RTD2892NND)

SoC maker Realtek posted a video describing their super-resolution upscaling technology. All 8K TVs have advanced upscaling solutions, with some being company-developed and some being provided by merchant SoC providers like MediaTek and Realtek. The video highlights resolution enhancement and de-noise techniques along with ways to restore images that have been over-compressed using a neural network. View the video on YouTube here.

Comment – Looking Glass Factory Launches 65-inch Holographic Display
Looking Glass Factory is probably the leader in light field displays, which most call holographic displays, and their release of a 65" model should be well received. It adds to their 10.7, 15, and 32" 8K models. No price was revealed, but it will be tens of thousands of dollars. Critical applications could be signage, retail and content creation applications. The company also said a first holographic documentary was just screened at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Perhaps we will get to see this someday. Read the Venture Beat article here.
Comment – New HDMI Version Fixes TV Cable’s Biggest Problem
HDMI 2.1a Amendment 1 is a new HDMI Version which has been announced with a feature to allow more power than the standard HDMI interface to support the development of active cables. As resolutions and frame rates go up, the length of passive cables is more restricted. The new Cable Power feature goes beyond the current level. Cables will likely be supplied with optional power connectors if source devices do not support Cable Power. The TechRadar article is here, and there's an FAQ here.

Comment – One Petabit/s Fiber Can Deliver 10 Million 8K Streams
The 8K Monitor often discusses various hurdles to wide-scale 8K adoption. If there was any lingering doubt, this Japanese world record shows that a single fiber can carry enough data to transmit over 10 million 8k channels at today's (HEVC) compression ratios. The hardware at each end of the fiber may not be standard equipment. However, the lab test does use the same fiber as what's currently in the ground, which is a first (many previous records used new generations of fiber). So even if a future metaverse leads to myriads of personalized high-resolution feeds, the core network's data capacity would not be the bottleneck. Here is the NICT press release.

Comment – NAB Show 2022’s Winners: Sony VENICE 2 and Canon EOS R5 C

8K cameras top the list of winners from NAB 2022. This includes the Venice 2, EOS R5 C and 8KSDI cameras from Sony, Canon, and IO Industries. The authors note that 8K plays an increasingly important role in capture and 4K finishing and ask if 12K cameras should be the next focus area. The Y.M.Cinema magazine report is here.

NAB Show 2022’s Winners
Comment – Intel Displays Arctic Sound-M Graphics Cards

More on Intel graphics cards using the new Arc processor with passive cooling and intended for servers. AV1 hardware encoding is a crucial feature for cloud-based encoding. The Tom's Hardware piece is here.