The 8K Association (8KA), the cross-industry group focused on facilitating the growth of the 8K ecosystem, announced that key performance attributes for 8K televisions have been defined as part of the 8KA technical program.
Performance criteria were created in concert with the association’s membership which include consumer electronics brands, panel manufacturers and other companies within the 8K ecosystem.
“Defining the key attributes for an 8K TV specification demonstrates the 8KA’s focus to quickly define a critical step in the growth in next-generation video technology,” noted 8KA Executive Director, Chris Chinnock. “To reach this milestone is a great testament to the cooperative spirit the members of the 8K Association enjoy along with our shared enthusiasm for the 8K ecosystem expansion.”
8K refers to the latest and highest-resolution standard for content creation, distribution and television displays that enables over 33 million pixels of resolution, which is 4 times sharper than the UHD / 4K standard. The new 8K TV specification now defined by the 8K Association includes recommended performance levels for High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Color performance along with interface requirements to help ensure consumers have confidence in their newly purchased 8K TVs. A compliance test set will be developed next by 8K Association members. The 8KA plans to promote a logo on any member’s 8K TV that meets or exceeds the newly defined technical standard.
Along with the newly defined performance standard, the 8K Association continues its growth with its broad membership having more than doubled over the past months. The organization’s newest members span video capture, television chipset technology, audio and video technology providers, and video entertainment creators—all with an eye toward efforts to promote the rapid growth of 8K content, delivery, and displays.
8KA's newest members are: Astro Design, ATEME, Chili, Innolux, Intel, Louis Pictures, Novatek, Samsung Display, Tencent, V-Silicon and Xperi. They join Samsung Electronics, Panasonic. AU Optronics, Hisense and TCL. Also in the process of joining is UltraFlix.
The newly released tech spec includes specifications for 8K Input Parameters (bit depth, frame rate, chroma sub-sampling), Display Performance (resolution, peak brightness, black level, color gamut, white point), and the Interface & Media formats (High Dynamic Range, codec).
- Resolution: 7680 x 4320 pixels
- Input Frame Rate: 24p, 30p and 60p frames per second
- Display Luminance: More than 600 nits peak Luminance
- Codec: HEVC
- Interface: HDMI 2.1
- Additional performance and interface specifications (available to members)