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DigiTimes: Vendors Eye 5K Monitors

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DigiTimes: Vendors Eye 5K Monitors

According to DigiTimes the October launch of the Apple iMac with 5K (5120 x 2880) resolution Retina Display has led to LCD monitor vendors considering the release of similar high-end displays in 2015.

How come? Apparently LCD monitor shipments face declines in the coming years-- from a 136 million unit high in 2014 to 132m in 2015 and 128m in 2017-- and as a result vendors are looking into high-end niches in order to remain profitable.

One such vendor is Philips, DigiTimes reports. LG Display is apparently the company supplying "most" of the 5K panels of the market.

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Samsung Monitors Also Get Curved

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Samsung Monitors Also Get Curved

Samsung puts the technology from its curved TV range to PC display use with the SD590C, a 27-inch curved LED monitor the company describes as "architected as the ultimate entertainment display."

Promising to be "completely immersive," the SD590C features a narrow bezel and built-in dual-channel 5W speakers, as well as a "carefully selected" curvature providing a supposedly wider field of view than traditional flat 27-inch panels.

Technical features include up to 350 nit brightness and 3000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. A Game Mode provides automated settings during play, enhancing colours, brightness and contrast according to what is on screen.

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VESA Releases DisplayPort 1.3 Standard

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VESA Releases DisplayPort 1.3 Standard

The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) announces the release of the DisplayPort 1.3 AV standard-- an update increasing maximum link bandwidth by 50% in comparison to the previous 1.2a standard.

DisplayPort 1.3 handles up to 32.Gbps, with four lanes running at a link rate of 8.1Gbps/lane. According to VESA the 32.Gbps combined link rate carries up to 25.92Gbps of uncompressed video data.

The bandwidth increase allows for higher resolution monitors, including 5K (5120x2880) monitors, using a single DisplayPort cable with no compression. It also enables higher resolutions when driving multiple monitors through a single connection via Multi-Stream, such as the use of two 4K (3840x2160) monitors, when using VESA Coordinated Video Timing.

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Acer Intros Frameless Monitors

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Acer Intros Frameless Monitors

Acer announces a pair of high-resolution monitors with a "frameless" design-- the 4K/UHD 27-inch S277HK and the WQHD 25-inch H257HU, both featuring IPS panels and built-in DTS audio.

The S277HK had a hair-line aluminum bezel and sits on top of an asymmetric metallic stand. As mentioned earlier it handles resolutions of up to 4K/UHD (3840x21160) and connects to PCs via DVI, HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.2.

Meanwhile the smaller H257HU handles 2560x1440 resolutions (WQHD) and carries DVI, HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.2 inputs on top of a circular stand.

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LG Preps Curved Monitor for IFA 2014

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LG Preps Curved Monitor for IFA 2014

LG announces the Curved UltraWide Monitor (model 34UC97), a 34-inch display the company the company claims is the first featuring a curved IPS panel with a 21:9 aspect ratio and 178-degree viewing angles.

The 34UC97 handles 4K/UHD resolutions (3440 x 1440), with Thunderbolt 2 connectivity allowing the daisy chaining of multiple monitors and audio via the combination of MAXX AUDIO and a built-in 7W tree speaker system.

It is set to make a first appearance at IFA 2014 together with other new LG monitors-- namely the Digital Cinema 4K Monitor (31MU97) and the Gaming Monitor (24GM77).

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