Sunday, December 1st 2013

AU Optronics Working on Affordable Ultra HD Monitors

Display panel maker AU Optronics, which supplies LCD panels to major monitor and TV manufacturers, is reportedly working on bringing Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels) panels into the mainstream, and promises "affordable" 27-inch and 32-inch monitors beaming those many pixels by Q1 or Q2, 2014. AU Optronics, or AUO as it's known in the industry, supplies LCD panels to a variety of monitor manufacturers, including ASUS, BenQ, Philips, and even Samsung (which also makes its own high-end panels). Among the two panels AUO is working on, one offers sRGB gamut with Adobe RGB gamut coverage; both will be able to reproduce 10-bit with dithering. Given that these panels will be intended for monitors, there will be two major requirements - at least 60 Hz of refresh rate, and as low response time as possible.

Source: FlatPanelsHD
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5 Comments on AU Optronics Working on Affordable Ultra HD Monitors

Waiting for comments about 60Hz and no IPS and blabla.

Any idea how much each panel is going to cost?
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Needs at least HDMI 2.0.
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Affordable. It sure does not sound like it.
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It's so affordable they can't even speak of the price.
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dwade said:
Needs at least HDMI 2.0.
We should start seeing HDMI 2.0 in 2014 and with any luck, early 2014. So hopefully no big deal there. Some UHDTV manufacturers are already claiming HDMI 2.0 support either now or with a firmware update.

Price is another issue altogether though. I think we'll see renegade off brand manufacters with lower prices then the more well established manufacturers. However, a 4K display from more reputable well known manufacturers will likely still be higher then most people would be comfortable with at retail. This might be the push to lower prices of 2560x1600, 2560x1440 and 2560x1080 monitors though.

A lot of people would still have trouble affording the necessary GPU prowess to push a 4K display properly though,....

I mean not everybody has two GTX 780 in SLI or Titans,...
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