Sharp Debuts Screen 4 Times Sharper than HD
"nearly 9 million pixel points"
you look at it, 8.84 million pixels is a lot of points of light. Sharp
has produced a 64-inch LCD monitor that provides screen resolution four
times that of normal high-definition screens.
HD screens have 2 million pixel points. The new Sharp monitor, which
is on display at the Ceatec technology trade show here this week, sports
4,096-by-2,160 pixel-line resolution--double the number of vertical
and horizontal pixel lines offered by a normal HD screen. This comes
out to nearly 9 million pixel points.
like plumes of smoke over an aerial shot of a rural village, can be
picked out. The monitor can also be divided into quarters and display
four high-definition videos at once.
The screen, still
in the development phase, will be targeted at film and television producers
as well as medical researchers, a Sharp representative said.
The exhibit is
one of the more popular at the weeklong trade show taking place outside
Tokyo. But eventually, these technologies trickle down to the consumer
The company is
using the show to emphasize its role in the screen world. In August,
Sharp formally began producing LCD panels out of its second Kameyama
The plant processes
eighth-generation glass sheets, which measure just over 7 feet by 8
feet. Six 52-inch LCDs can be popped out of a single sheet. The smaller
glass sheets processed in sixth- and seventh-generation plants can only
produce two and three 52-inch panels, respectively, out of a single
piece of glass.
being shown include a screen with a technology Sharp calls Mega Contrast.
The screen has a 1 million-to-1 contrast ratio. Typical HD LCD screens
sport a 1,200-to-1 contrast ratio.
On other notes,
Sharp also showed off its Japanese-English electronic translator, which
will come to the Japanese market later this year. If you speak a Japanese
phrase into it, the handheld translates it into spoken English text--and
by Michael Kanellos
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