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IHS8K 12Jan2018As the demand for super-large TV displays grow, the need for higher resolution is set to increase, seeing the first uses of 8K display in 2018, according to research from IHS Markit.

While most people would not regard an 8KTV sector as anything other than speculative right now, steps are being put in place to create an industry. Taking a lead in 8K development is NHK who announced at the 4K (HDR) Summit in November 2017 that it would be unveiling the world’s first broadcast in 4K/8K on 1 December 2018. Hidenobu Miyazaki, producer at NHK’s global content development division said the offer would be 4K for 18 hours a day; and 8K for12 hours per day.

IHS Markit believes that even though Ultra HD panels are estimated to account for more than 98% of the 60-inch and larger display market in 2017, most TV panel suppliers are planning to mass produce 8K displays in 2018. It forecasts that the 7680 x 4320-pixel resolution display will make up about 1% of the 60-inch and larger display market this year and 9% in 2020.

“As UHD has rapidly replaced full HD in the super large-sized TV display market, panel makers are willing to supply differentiated products with higher resolution and improve profit margin with premium products,” said Ricky Park, director at IHS Markit. “Year 2018 will become the first year of the 8K resolution TV display.”

Other key developments noted by the analyst include that by Innolux which started developing 8K panels in 2017 and produced its first ever LCD 8KTV display (60Hz, 65-inch) in the fourth quarter of 2017. The display will be supplied to Sharp TV and Chinese brands in the beginning. Meanwhile, Sharp has also mass produced its first 8K LCD TV display at 70-inch in the last quarter of 2017 to support the Sharp TV brand in China.

Looking at the 8K display roadmap in 2018, IHS Markit says that it would appear that Samsung Electronics and Sony are the current engine rooms of the market and both plan to release flagship 8K TV models in 2018. The analyst observed that Samsung and Sony will consume almost all 120Hz 8K panels from Innolux, AUO and Samsung Display, with sizes varying from 65, to 75 and 85 inches.

In addition, the IHS Markit research remarked that BOE and CEC-Panda are now planning to develop 8K LCD TV panels in the second half of 2018 and taking on a differentiation strategy. It also predicted that LG Display would likely focus on developing OLED 8K panel in the future. LG Display unveiled the world’s first 88-inch 8K OLED TV display at CES 2018.  In addition, the report postulated that based on current plans, panel makers in the early stages of development would mostly develop 60Hz 8K displays based on a-Si technology, and those in the next stages develop 120Hz 8K displays based on oxide technology. IHS Markit regards the latter technology having advantages such as better aperture ratio and lower power consumption.