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Dec 15, 2014

DisplayPort 1.3 vs HDMI 2.0

We recently caught up with Marques Girardelli, Planar’s electrical systems manager in the R&D organization and Becky Connors, product manager for large format displays, to ask about the emerging connectivity standards around DisplayPort and HDMI.  This is the third post in a series covering these connectivity topics. How does DisplayPort 1.3 compare with HDMI 2.0 in terms of performance? When comparing DisplayPort 1.3 with HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.3 has several key advantages. First, the video bandwidth of DisplayPort 1.3 is much higher than HDMI 2.0.  This means that DisplayPort 1.3 can support higher resolution timing such as 8K at 60Hz, where as HDMI More…

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Dec 08, 2014

What's new about the HDMI 2.0 standard?

In HDMI 2.0, the biggest improvement was nearly doubling the bandwidth, allowing for up to 4K at 60hz video timing. Additionally, one of the new features was support for 4:2:0 sub-sampling.  This reduces the color information by 75% which reduces the overall data rate by 50%. In other words, support for 4:2:0 allows 4k 60Hz 4:2:0 to be transmitted within the same bandwidth as 4k at 30hz 4:4:4 or non-sub-sampled. On UltraRes, because we do have a very flexible and capable architecture, we were able to add support for 4K at 60Hz 4:2:0 with  a firmware upgrade that was made available to customers earlier this year. Other new features include Rec. 2020 color More…

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Nov 19, 2014

What’s New in DisplayPort 1.3

Jennifer Davis, V.P of marketing for Planar, recently caught up with Marques Girardelli, Planar’s electrical systems manager in the R&D organization and Becky Connors, product manager for large format displays, to ask about the emerging connectivity standards around DisplayPort and HDMI.   What is new in the DisplayPort 1.3 standard? DisplayPort is the digital display interface developed by the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA).  It is an interface primarily used to connect a video source to a display device, like a computer monitor or a video wall.  The main feature addition in DisplayPort 1.3 was a 50% increase in bandwidth allowing More…

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Nov 11, 2014

What football teaches us about AV

It is college football season in the States. In our house, we kicked off our season by watching a non-conference game of one of the “hometown” teams, the University of Oregon Ducks. Watching the game - and thinking about the team’s recent installation of a new athletic complex, the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex – it struck me that college football can teach us a thing or two about the AV industry and how the integrators and brands can remain relevant in times of change. 1. You Have to Play Each GameYou can have the best win record in the conference, the best facilities, and a history of winning innovation, both in football and in AV the team and the coaching More…

Clarity Matrix , planar ultralux , desktop monitor

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Nov 04, 2014

Planar Display Screens Connect Like Legos to Form a Big Seamless Image

Very few companies in the world can claim Planar’s pioneering legacy in display technologies. From secretive advanced-projects lab that developed the first flat panel displays for laptop computers in the early 1980’s to large displays that plug together like Legos to create big video canvases, Planar has been innovating for decades.  Here are a few of the technologies that demonstrate innovation: Planar Clarity Matrix: The potential for a giant display is here today with Clarity Matrix. This tiled LCD video wall system utilizes the latest LED backlight technology, ultra narrow bezel (UNB) panels, and a highly unique architecture of off-board electronics to More…

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Oct 13, 2014

Clarity Matrix vs. Multi-Stream Transporting

What you need to know about Multi-Stream Transport and Video Wall Tiling DisplayPort 1.2 supports MST (Multi-Stream Transport) daisy chaining of monitors and it has created confusion in the industry.   People may mistake MST support for video wall tiling.  MST was designed for desktop monitors as a way of reducing cable count and desk clutter.  On their website, DisplayPort talks about the advantages of multiple monitors on your desk for productivity, multi-tasking, and immersive gaming.  It was not, however, designed for video walls.  This is very clear when you see the bandwidth limits that they publish: Display Resolution  (standard 60 frames More…

Clarity Matrix , Multi-Stream Transport , Video wall tiling

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Oct 09, 2014

Fostering Creative Partnerships at the Intersection of Art and Technology

Portland Design Week is in full-swing with open house events at designers all over the city, many of whom are showing Planar products in their labs and showrooms. We partnered with the Society for Environmental Graphics (SEGD) on their public art exhibit entitled “Revolution in the Landscape: Re-experiecne Halprin’s Fountains" on Tuesday night. At Keller Fountain, the Mayer/Reed team supplied the crowd with glow sticks to start their journey. Guest reported that it was magical to watch the glowing crowd move through theses great public spaces while experiencing a variety of installations – from kinetic sculpture, to chalk art and projected animations, from More…

planar systems , designweekportland

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Oct 07, 2014

The Digital Oilfield

Trends in Oil and Gas and the Planar Visualization Tools that Make it Possible The majority of the earth's fossil energy resources have already been discovered. The world’s experts know where the deposits are located, but most of the easy-to-access resources have already been tapped (think oil rush days in Texas with oil gushing out of the ground!). So nowadays, the trick is to extract it in a cost effective way that complies with the ever increasing safety and environmental regulations. Getting the most from their assets – often referred to as “the digital oilfield”, is one of the key trends in the oil and gas industry today. Allowing companies to More…

Planar UltraRes , oil and gas trends , digital displays in oilfields , digital oilfield , 24x7 displays , 4K displays

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Sep 25, 2014

Planar and Design Week Portland

Planar is supporting the local chapter of theSociety of Environment Graphic Design (SEGD) and Design Week Portland by sponsoring an exhibit in downtown Portland on October 7th. The event is entitled “Revolution in the Landscape: Re-experience Halprin’s Fountains.” The tour of Lawrence Halprin’s Open Space Sequence begins at the Keller Fountain (SW 3rd and Clay) at 6:30 PM and extends through Pettygrove Park, Lovejoy Fountain, and the Source Fountain and is a free event for the design community in the region. We encourage people to engage with the community and look forward to more collaboration in the future. Together with SEGD, Planar seeks to inspire More…

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Sep 17, 2014

Planar Mosaic is Centerpiece of New Zealand's First Living Building

Tūhoe is a proud community of indigenous New Zealanders intent on cementing its identity as a people focused on a positive, distinctive future. Tūhoe has begun to establish a bold new identity, starting with the construction of a new headquarters building for the community: Te Uru Taumatua, New Zealand’s first Living Building. The facility houses all the staff of the Tūhoe community leadership. In addition, it includes a library and a cafe and provides space for community meetings and cultural events. Architecturally, Te Uru Taumatua is designed to make an unmistakable first impression, an objective that is met on many levels, including the display More…

video wall , Planar Mosaic