I'm SO glad I've been wearing glasses for the past 25 years. All of those "four-eyes" jokes are about to become worth it. Chi Mei Optoelectronics finally delivered their prototype
"quad-HDTV" display at a Yokohama exhibit. The 56-inch LCD set can handle a resolution of 3840 x 2160, or four-times the pixels of a 1920 x 1080 set. CMO
figures that some TV-addicts will want to watch four unique programs at the same time in high-definition. That might be better than a single program at the super-high resolution: a full-scale picture in "2160i" for lack of a better term requires a transmission rate of 1.4 GB per second. Current MPEG-2 compression for high-def "only" requires 19.2 MB per second.
CMO is a little optimistic on a price and release for the set, claiming a cost of around $10,000 and production by third quarter of next year
. I'd be shocked if we see either of those come true, but if CMO proves me wrong, I'd be happy to write a review for the set; heck, I'll write four reviews!