Panasonic enables transmission of full-spec 8K video

Staff writer
11 Jan 2016
Daily News

Panasonic has developed single cable and connector solution that enable the transmission of uncompressed full-spec 8K video signals.

Currently, to transmit video signal via connector-equipped cables from an 8K signal source or other devices to an 8K display, 4K-equivalent images are transmitted using four HDMI cables, and are then combined to show in 8K resolution by using image processing.

Panasonic's newly developed connector-equipped cable — which uses plastic optical fiber technology — can achieve the transmission of full-spec 8K video via a single cable, with improved bandwidth and length.

Working with KAI Photonics, a venture from Japan's Keio University, Panasonic developed connector-equipped cables that adopt "plastic optical fiber and its connection technology using ballpoint-pen type interconnect.”

Further, by applying Panasonic's technology for the multi-level modulation of broadband signals, a transmission bandwidth exceeding 100 Gbps was achieved with a single cable.

“Panasonic successfully developed a prototype cable for transmitting 8K images based on 'plastic optical fiber and its connection technology using ballpoint-pen type interconnect,' which was developed by Keio University,” said Yasuhiro Koike, professor with the Faculty of Science and Technology at Keio University. “We would like to further cooperate with Panasonic to respond to the variety of needs for audiovisual transmission.”

Anticipating the spread of the corporate use of 8K devices in the B2B market, Panasonic aims to make this innovative connector cable technology an international standard.

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