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Sharp Intros IGZO 32-inch 4K2K (3840 x 2160) Display

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This upcoming 32-inch LCD monitor sports a 3840 x 2160 resolution.

On Wednesday Sharp introduced the PN-K321, a 32-inch professional LCD monitor featuring the company's IGZO technology, a 3840 x 2160 (4K2K) resolution, and the industry's thinnest profile design to date. So far pricing and availability is unknown, but the company said that it plans to unleash this display into the Japanese market first.

"The PN-K321 is Sharp's latest ultra-high-definition display and features smaller transistors (TFTs) in the LCD panel compared to conventional displays, thereby increasing the amount of transmitted light per pixel," the company said. "Because 4K2K displays enable clear, crisp display of large amounts of information ranging from small text to detailed images on one screen, they boost operational efficiency by sparing users the need to scroll frequently."

Sharp said the upcoming 4K2K display features a main body approximately 35-mm deep thanks to Sharp's IGZO technology. This tech is defined as "a semiconducting material which can be used as the channel for a transparent thin-film transistor." It replaces amorphous silicon for the active layer of an LCD screen, and offers smaller pixels to produce the higher resolution.

The company also stated that the input connectors will be compatible with the latest DisplayPort and HDMI interface specifications, enabling the PN-K321 to be connected to a PC via a single cable. The company states that DisplayPort can handle the high resolution at 60 frames per second via one cable, but HDMI can only do 30 frames per second on a single connection – two cables are required for 60 frames per second.

According to the spec list, the display will feature one DisplayPort, two HDMI ports, two 2-watt speakers, a 3.5-mm stereo jack, a 3.5-mm input jack, and a brightness of 250 cd/m2. The overall dimensions are approximately 750(W) x 35(D) x 441(H)-mm and the weight is approximately 7.5 kg.

"Demand for ultra-high-definition 4K2K displays is forecast to grow for numerous business and professional applications, including creating and editing graphics and video, financial-related operations requiring intensive use of graphs and small text, and CAD services for displaying detailed drawings," the company said on Wednesday.

This new 4K2K display won't land on Japanese retail shelves until February 15, 2013, so don't expect to see it in the States until next spring at the earliest.

 

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    chrisjust98 , November 28, 2012 11:16 PM
    soldier2013Awesome but let me know when they make a PC display with this res and I'll bite. Since it will be about 10 years before you see any 4K res tv broadcast. Look how long it took to get 1080p broadcast to standard and still there are alot of 720p sources now. This is only for those with money to burn and wants bragging rights. I bet most people wouldnt even know what 4K even is if asked. The dumb masses, the same ones tha re-elected Obama, that group.


    You do realize that this IS a PC monitor..... right?
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    bavman , November 28, 2012 11:41 PM
    soldier2013Awesome but let me know when they make a PC display with this res and I'll bite. Since it will be about 10 years before you see any 4K res tv broadcast. Look how long it took to get 1080p broadcast to standard and still there are alot of 720p sources now. This is only for those with money to burn and wants bragging rights. I bet most people wouldnt even know what 4K even is if asked. The dumb masses, the same ones tha re-elected Obama, that group.


    Seriously dude? This is a tech site not your political rage playground
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    Skeete_UK , November 28, 2012 11:00 PM
    Me likey !
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    bavman , November 28, 2012 11:03 PM
    Very nice but ill be surprised if this is less than 5k being one of the very very few 4k monitors in existance
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    fonzy , November 28, 2012 11:11 PM
    $5,500 apparently.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaY39sLAdkQ
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    chrisjust98 , November 28, 2012 11:16 PM
    soldier2013Awesome but let me know when they make a PC display with this res and I'll bite. Since it will be about 10 years before you see any 4K res tv broadcast. Look how long it took to get 1080p broadcast to standard and still there are alot of 720p sources now. This is only for those with money to burn and wants bragging rights. I bet most people wouldnt even know what 4K even is if asked. The dumb masses, the same ones tha re-elected Obama, that group.


    You do realize that this IS a PC monitor..... right?
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    clonazepam , November 28, 2012 11:36 PM
    soldier2013Awesome but let me know when they make a PC display with this res and I'll bite. Since it will be about 10 years before you see any 4K res tv broadcast. Look how long it took to get 1080p broadcast to standard and still there are alot of 720p sources now....

    1080p broadcast to standard, you mean youtube? HD television broadcasting is 1080i at the moment.

    I think when he says, "make a pc display with this res and I'll bite" lets assume he means a really fast pc monitor with low latency. I'm not gonna go study this thing, no point for some months, and I didn't see any latency #s, gtg, btb, or whatever....
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    Anonymous , November 28, 2012 11:39 PM
    I stand corrected it is a PC display. My bad. But its first gen and too expensive, I'll wait a year or 2.
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    bavman , November 28, 2012 11:41 PM
    soldier2013Awesome but let me know when they make a PC display with this res and I'll bite. Since it will be about 10 years before you see any 4K res tv broadcast. Look how long it took to get 1080p broadcast to standard and still there are alot of 720p sources now. This is only for those with money to burn and wants bragging rights. I bet most people wouldnt even know what 4K even is if asked. The dumb masses, the same ones tha re-elected Obama, that group.


    Seriously dude? This is a tech site not your political rage playground
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    Nakal , November 28, 2012 11:45 PM
    Shut up and take my money!
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    sephirothmk , November 28, 2012 11:55 PM
    Soo uhhh.....Is it IPS?
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    milkshakez7z , November 28, 2012 11:55 PM
    "Shut up and take my money!"

    If you say so....
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    aevm , November 29, 2012 12:03 AM
    3840 x 2160 at $5500 is not a great deal. I'll wait for the prices to drop a bit.

    Buy two 30" monitors, 2560x1600 each, you'll get the same number of pixels for half the money.


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    fuzzion , November 29, 2012 12:12 AM
    aevm3840 x 2160 at $5500 is not a great deal. I'll wait for the prices to drop a bit.Buy two 30" monitors, 2560x1600 each, you'll get the same number of pixels for half the money.


    But I hate the bezel lines seen in 2 separate monitors
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    flyflinger , November 29, 2012 12:31 AM
    I've been wondering when this day would come. It's been a good run with 2560x1600, frankly it lasted a lot longer than I thought it would.... I think my 30" monitor has out lasted 3 systems over 5 years.
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    wemakeourfuture , November 29, 2012 12:44 AM
    aevm3840 x 2160 at $5500 is not a great deal. I'll wait for the prices to drop a bit.Buy two 30" monitors, 2560x1600 each, you'll get the same number of pixels for half the money.


    Its not about getting the same number of pixels over N many monitors, its about hi-res, hi PPI displays.

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    Thunderfox , November 29, 2012 12:59 AM
    Meh. I wish they'd get on with making OLED monitors. 1080 is good enough for now, I just want something that looks better than LCD.
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    Scar89 , November 29, 2012 1:38 AM
    Finally, maybe in the next few years this will trickle down to all pc displays.


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    lengcaifai , November 29, 2012 2:15 AM
    11520 x 2160 triple screen setup... 7970quadXfire and 680quadSLI, you're done
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    crewton , November 29, 2012 2:18 AM
    I want! I'd pay 2k for it, 5500 is a bit overboard. Perhaps it will be on sale next black friday.
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    krazyjamus , November 29, 2012 6:53 AM
    OMG yes. This means affordable 4k monitors are on there way. Just give it a couple years.
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