AMD Radeon To Support Next-Gen HDR Displays In 2016
Last week, Radeon held its first Radeon Technology Group conference, since dividing up the CPU and GPU divisions to be more independent, in California. The company laid out its plans for graphics technology in 2016, including new FreeSync options and support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) monitors.
During the conference, AMD personnel talked about improving the quality and standard of display devices to be closer to the luminance which a human eye can perceive. The current display devices can only do a fraction of that, with average PC LCD supporting 0-250 nits while high end displays going as high as 350-400 nits.
For comparison, a fluorescent light has a luminance of 10,000 nits while sunlight is around 1.6 billion which means the currently available displays are delivering a pretty sub-par experience in terms of luminance.
That’s going to start changing in the next 12 months, thanks to new HDR support from high-end 4K televisions and cutting-edge OLED technology. HDR LCD’s can theoretically hit 1K today with 2K on the market by the end of next year, while OLEDs can push 500 nits today and up to 1K in 12 months.
However, improving display quality doesn’t just rely on luminance. This is where the new HDR displays come in which introduce a new color standard, Rec2020, into the mix as well. Compared to SRGB’s 35.9%, Rec2020 covers 75.8% of the human chromaticity diagram, the total number of colors that a human with normal color vision can see.
Not every Rec2020 display is going to qualify as an HDR display, but there should be some overlap between the two capabilities on both consumer monitors and upcoming 4K HDTVs.
AMD expects HDR display to be available in the market by second half of 2016 and it has also released a list of GPUs that are HDR capable with only the R9 300 series, out of all AMD GPUs, clearing the standard to be HDR capable. The next-gen GPUs however will be HDR capable.
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