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Intel offers another bit of hope in our ongoing quest for ultra-high resolution retina displays. The graphics capabilities of their upcoming Ivy Bridge processors will provide support for 4K (4096x4096 pixel) displays.




VR-Zone notes that Intel revealed last week that they will be able to support 4K resolutions and process video at that resolution:
Not only can the MFX engine display up to 4096 x 4096 pixels on a single monitor, but it can also handle video processing for 4K QuadHD video as well. Remember when, two years ago, Jen Hsun Huang at Nvidia for the first time encouraged 4K resolution - at that time 3840x2400 or as he called it XHD2, for ultra realistic gaming too, to use the extra pixels to justify the high end card need? Now, what a fate, Intel is making it real on the - integrated graphics platform, of all. Now, can we have back those 16:10 3840x2400 or, better, 4096x2560 monitors?
Ivy Bridge is Intel's next generation processor that also integrates a much improved graphics processing unit (GPU). Generally, high end computers aren't constrained by the capabilities of the integrated graphics processor. MacBook Pros and iMacs tend to integrate more powerful 3rd party GPUs. Slimmer models, however, such as the MacBook Air and Mac mini are dependent on the integrated graphics that Intel provides. So the 2012-era MacBook Airs should be able to support these ultra high resolutions that we've been dreaming about.

OS X Lion has built in support for such displays and it seems Microsoft is also preparing for them.

Article Link: Ivy Bridge to Support Ultra High Resolution 4096x4096 Screens
 

base2

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I think the title is supposed to read "...4096x2304 Screens"

I can't wait for these.
 

Mac21ND

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Wondering how this will impact web development. 72 dpi images are standard - sounds like I'll have to code for 150 or 300 dpi images. Yikes on file size.
 

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It's already for certain. I was told around April that one of the biggest selling points in the MBP's redesign will be its screens.
 

root42

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NVIDIA already has 4K video cards

NVIDIA is shipping the Quadro 6000 cards, which do support 4K video material editing and playback:

http://www.nvidia.com/object/adobe_PremiereproCS5.html

I've also seen their Quadro cards drive 4000 x something resolution Linux and Windows desktops on 4k projectors some years ago. Of course, Intel bringing this to the non-pro market will be something impressive by itself.
 

Mark Octavian

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The way today's operating systems designed, it's hard to see isht even on 2560x resolutions (27 inch display), let alone 4k...
 

grouch

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existing mac minis & macbook pros support 30" monitors (2560x1600) via the displayport --> dual link adapter, right?
 

blackNBUK

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Wondering how this will impact web development. 72 dpi images are standard - sounds like I'll have to code for 150 or 300 dpi images. Yikes on file size.

I don't think you will have to supply high resolution images. The HiDPI stuff in Lion appears to be very similar to the iPhone Retina display. Existing low resolution images will be automatically pixel-doubled and therefore will look no worse than the same image on a low-res display. Using high resolution images will be an option not a requirement.
 

Mark Octavian

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Wondering how this will impact web development. 72 dpi images are standard - sounds like I'll have to code for 150 or 300 dpi images. Yikes on file size.

You confuse DPI with PPI. Displays measure picture resolutions by PPI, not DPI.
 

Mac21ND

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I don't think you will have to supply high resolution images. The HiDPI stuff in Lion appears to be very similar to the iPhone Retina display. Existing low resolution images will be automatically pixel-doubled and therefore will look no worse than the same image on a low-res display. Using high resolution images will be an option not a requirement.

That's what I was thinking; although the pixel doubling isn't ideal. I'm already envisioning "This website is HD ready" "HD-optimized website" happening in the future.

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You confuse DPI with PPI. Displays measure picture resolutions by PPI, not DPI.

Ah, thanks for the correction.
 

tarproductions

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Film and video production has been moving this way for a few years now. The RED ONE was the first semi affordable production camera to shoot 4k and RED now has a 5k camera. Sony, JVC and Canon all have or will soon have 4k cameras. This should really help the post-production availability and affordability aspects of production.

This is awesome!
 

azentropy

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Sounds nice, but not real sure of the benefits yet until I see it in person. I sit far enough away from my 27" screen that I'm not sure it will make too much a difference. Sort of like my iPhone 4 and my iPhone 3G. When held close I can really see a difference, but if I hold them more than say 18" away the screen looks the same to me.
 

the8thark

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I think the title is supposed to read "...4096x2304 Screens"

I can't wait for these.
Quoted for truth.

And I'd like to see the GPU Apple will use for these. Cause I don't fancy paying 1k just for the screen power bill.
 

gugy

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I hope this is one bit of news that will make Apple moving into bringing at some
point a larger than 30"ACD to the market. That would be very nice. With a matte option please! :D
 
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