Samsung announces 8K TV display driver

Greater speeds for 8K panels

by Andy Bassett Jan 29, 2019 at 2:42 PM

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    Samsung announces 8K TV display driver
    Samsung has announced a new 8K display driver IC (DDI) that increases intra-panel data transfer speeds and will help reduce bezel sizes in TVs.
    Although 8K TVs are officially ‘a thing’, it will be quite some time before they are flying off the shelves into consumers homes so manufacturers can use this nascent period to refine the tech behind them in an effort to improve performance and reduce costs.

    Samsung, who already have their Q900R QLED 8K TV available for consumers, are pushing towards the next stage in development with the introduction of a new DDI (the S6CT93P) which adopts the company’s Unified Standard Interface for TV (USI-T) 2.0.

    This interface increases the intra-panel data transfer speeds to 4Gbps, which is important given the number of pixels in an 8K TV is four times that of a 4K TV - there's 33 million of them in fact, resulting in greater amounts of image data that needs to be manipulated within the panel. The USI-T 2.0's greater efficiency and boost in performance also reduces the need for additional panel components meaning that product designs can be streamlined more easily to create bezel-less TVs for sizes over 65-inches.

    The new interface also supports a smart equalizer (EQ) feature that can program all DDIs in a panel simultaneously, so reducing the possibility of bit errors during panel production.

    To deliver true 8K resolution, it is essential for today’s DDIs to support a high-speed 4Gbps intra-panel interface,” said Ben K. Hur, senior vice president of System LSI marketing at Samsung Electronics. “Samsung’s 8K DDI (S6CT93P) with USI-T 2.0 will bring stunning 8K images to premium displays that can take visual experiences on large-screen TVs to the new level.”

    The 8K DDI samples, as well as licensing for the USI-T 2.0 intra-panel interface, are currently available which hopefully gives an indication of how quickly Samsung wants to get 8K out to the public. In addition, Samsung Electronics are part of the recently announced 8K Association, so one assumes this new DDI has the group’s full backing.

    Do developments like these give you confidence that 8K is going to fulfil its potential? Let us know in the discussion thread.

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