A Generation of 8K over 4K Approaches…The Appearance of a ‘Super MHL’ Standard Supporting 8K Videos

Bae Ok-jin Mar 23, 2015

The next generation standard that quickly transmits 8K high-resolution videos stored in smartphones or tablets to large screen TVs has come out. Preparing for a generation of not only 4K but also 8K class videos is the global trend, and thus, fierce competition over the preoccupancy of the connection standard is expected.

On March 18th, Rob Tobias, the Chairman of the MHL Consortium said, “The HDMI technology only supports up to 4K now, but the strength of Super MHL is that it will support 5K and even up to 8K. 4K technology has evolved quickly and the market for 8K is expected to open quickly, as well, and thus, we are preparing so that the Super MHL standard is adopted for over 1 billion products.”

MHL demonstrated real-time transmission and implementation of 8K videos via Samsung Electronic’s 8K TV and ‘Super MHL’ at the CES 2015. <MHL demonstrated real-time transmission and implementation of 8K videos via Samsung Electronic’s 8K TV and ‘Super MHL’ at the CES 2015.>
The 8K OLED UHD TV that LG Electronics showed at the ‘IFA 2014.’ <The 8K OLED UHD TV that LG Electronics showed at the ‘IFA 2014.’>

The next generation MHL(Mobile High-Definition Link) technology, ‘Super MHL’ supports up to 8K. One can enjoy HD contents by connecting to a display device such as a smartphone, Blu-ray player, set-top box, etc. using a separate connector. It is also applicable to the automobile infortainment function. It also supports the new USB type C.

The market for 4K videos has just finished preparing its foundation. Sales for the UHD TV, which supports 4K videos, has quickened and flagship smartphones have also appeared. The 4K 60fps standard for Europe’s DVB and the Blu-ray disc are also under examination.

Japan’s goal is to begin 8K trial broadcasting in 2016 and 8K national broadcasting starting from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. TV manufacturers have also prepared a reaction base for the future market, demonstrating an 8K TV of a size over 100 inches, etc.

Chairman Tobias predicted the next generation connection standard to coexist using its strength between cable and wireless.

Saying, “Although the competition on wireless connection technology has become fierce since Chromecast and Miracast have appeared, the key point is whether it easily delivers high-definition data, ” he pointed out that “The fact that the mobile is not easy to use since it requires complex connection settings in the TV, connection point, transfer device, etc. is a drawback.”

He also added, “The demand for cable connection is still large since Blu-ray, set-top box, etc. can be constantly used without change of settings once it is connected to the TV. Being able to charge batteries with the 40W charging function while enjoying contents is another strength.

Super MHL technology has expanded its field over mobile and TV to even the automobile. MHL Consortium secured automobile manufacturers including Jaguar and Delphi, and the aftermarket as their partner companies last year, which are to be applied to vehicle mass production. Since display devices with which one can watch movies or play games were installed in the front and back within the vehicle, it has risen in the high-definition demand market.

Chairman Tobias said, “In the smart vehicle market, the competition is about whether the core brain role in data connection is played by the vehicle or the smartphone.”

He also predicted that “In developing countries, the complexion of taking lead between automobile manufacturers and smartphone manufacturers will vary in different localities, since there is a market where vehicles without an infortainment system are first bought and then later additionally equipped in the aftermarket.”

Staff Reporter Bae, Ok-jin

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