Ivy Bridge, the 22 nanometer successor to Intel’s dominant Sandy Bridge processors, has been creating buzz at the IDF this past week. And still, one of its key features managed to go unnoticed: the graphics processing unit integrated inside the chip. The said graphic processor will be able to decode videos at a resolution of up to a staggering 4096 x 2304 pixels.
The highest resolution consumer displays that are out on the market can only support resolutions of up to 2560 x 1600, so we can expect displays that can deliver higher resolutions with the release of the Intel Ivy Bridge chipset.
The additional graphics power of the chipset means that a laptop will ahve the capacity to power huge professional-grade displays. To match that kind of performance today, one should have to invest in expensive video cards.
The 4K HD is the next major step in video size and quality after the 1080p Full-HD video, which is the standard resolution for Blu-ray discs and the maximum resolution for most HDTVs. With the support for 4K HD videos, computers that have Ivy Bridge chipsets will be able to play 4K video files without experiencing problems. According to Intel, the new chipset can play multiple 4K HD videos simultaneously.
The Intel Ivy Bridge will also feature a faster 3D graphics capabilities, but its 4K support is likely a good investment. Soon, we’ll be seeing 4K displays become more affordable and eventually make it to our houses for us to enjoy.
via: 9 to 5 Mac