The 8K Association, a group led by leading makers of TVs and display panels focused to facilitate growth of the 8K ecosystem, this week introduced a list of minimal technical specifications that should be met by a TV carrying an 8K logotype. If the initiative is embraced widely by the industry, it will ensure that next-generation 8K televisions and monitors will offer consistent performance levels and therefore experience.

While resolution is a key characteristic of any display or TV, it clearly is not the only feature that defines quality and experience they provide. Nowadays, there are hundreds of mediocre 4K Ultra-HD 'HDR'-badged displays and TVs which use cheap panels and backlighting that lack proper bit depth, luminance, and color gamut that are essential for proper reproduction of 4K and HDR content. Such hardware ruins user experience and slowdowns adoption of new technologies by content creators.

To avoid such a situation in the looming 8K era and develop strict guidelines for next-generation TVs, AU Optronics, Samsung Electronics, Panasonic, Hisense, and TCL formed the 8K Association in January, 2019. Since then, the 8KA was also joined by Astro Design, ATEME, Chili, Innolux, Intel, Louis Pictures, Novatek, Samsung Display, Tencent, V-Silicon, and Xperi.

Recently, the 8K Association rolled out its first set of specifications covering 8K input parameters, display performance, interface, and media formats. In a nutshell, the 8KA wants an 8K TV or display to meet the following minimums:

  • Feature a resolution of 7680×4320 pixels
  • Support 24p, 30p, and 60p frames per second input framerate
  • Have a peak luminance of at least (a minimum of) 600 nits
  • Support HEVC codec
  • Use HDMI 2.1 interface

The 8K specification by the 8KA also covers things like bit depth, frame rate, chroma sub-sampling, black level, color gamut, white point, HDR modes, and additional codecs.

It remains to be seen whether 8KA’s initiative is embraced by other suppliers of televisions and SoCs, but the idea of making 8K Ultra-HD TVs and displays more appealing to the end user by guaranteeing certain experience certainly looks attractive.

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Source: 8K Association (via Hexus)

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  • BMNify - Thursday, September 5, 2019 - link

    "Ok this is just ridiculous - Display Port 2.0" consortium and this us based 8k association etc cant even re-produce on time the OFFICIAL "full UHD2 8k spec" NHK/bbc ENGINEERING have been telling the whole electronics world for 6+years this is "the use case" they designed,engineered and will be using for the official 24 July 2020 Olympics end user/consumer public broadcasts,IPTV consumer streaming and relatated content go forword...
    and again incase people didnt realise ,years ago when bbc/nhk r&d engineering where doing the research ,bbc r&d engineering tested upto the real integer 350fps/Hz for the best sports and other high motion IP streaming, nhk made the case for going even higher for longevity for the new UHD2 industry standard, no excuses for being late to the party or diluting the official spec into phases for pr cost cutting or rebranding for the real industry standard UHD2 end to end producer to end consumer IP workflow...
  • NuclearArmament - Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - link

    And the best 8K TV on the planet right now are either being produced for the Japanese domestic market (SONY, PANASONIC, SHARP), or in the American market, the Sony Z9G. Sharp 8K TVs are selling on the used market in Japan for $2,500, down from $10,000 when they were first introduced by Sharp in 2017. I'll take that any day over the garbage Samsung or Vizio puts out; they always cut corners in regards to quality control.
  • BMNify - Thursday, September 5, 2019 - link

    see SEL 8.3" 8K Crystalline Oxide IGZO 120hz ready
    from Charbax`s channel ,he`s an aquired taste,and rather cringe worthy [someone should try and help him improve perhaps] but he DOES cover all the things and people that matters to real end users the world over...

    "IGZO inventor, Dr. Shunpei Yamazaki, President of Semiconductor Energy Laboratory (SEL)

    Charbax,Published on Aug 25, 2017

    Dr. Shunpei Yamazaki discovered the Indium–gallium–zinc oxide (IGZO) crystalline structure material for transistors to have a higher mobility than amorphous silicon transistors, and an extremely low off-state current. C-axis aligned crystalline (CAAC) IGZO enables aggressive down-scaling, high reliability, and process simplification of transistors in displays and LSI devices. Listed on over 4,000 US utility patents, Dr. Yamazaki was named in the Guinness Book of World Records as holding the most patents in the world; hailed the most prolific inventor in history"
  • Lord of the Bored - Thursday, September 5, 2019 - link

    "In a nutshell, the 8KA wants an 8K TV or display to meet the following minimums:
    Feature a resolution of 7680×4320 pixels"

    Ummm, can we get 8k somewhere in the specs for our 8k TVs, please?
  • GreenReaper - Monday, September 9, 2019 - link

    People should never have accepted 3840px as "4K".
    It's going to be even more fun for 16K, let alone 32K (or 31K?).
  • ruzveh - Thursday, September 5, 2019 - link

    It is very disappointing to see that why are they not supporting minimum 60hz frame rates or even have 120hz speed

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