Panasonic and NHK unveil world's largest 8K plasma display

We've seen one or two 4K projectors recently, but now Panasonic and NHK have taken things to a whole new level by jointly creating a giant 145in 8K plasma display.

Known as Super Hi-Vision in Japan, resolution is 7680 x 4320 – that's sixteen times the resolution of standard 1080p Full HD – and it's said to be not only the world's largest, but also the first self-illuminating 8K screen.

Having already worked on smaller (well, 103in!) 4K screens, the two companies had to develop an entirely new drive method for the display that works by scanning the pixels vertically to create uniform picture quality.

The BBC is planning to film some of the London Olympics in Super Hi-Vision.

Designed as a showcase product, don't expect to see this particular 8K screen in your local high street electrical emporium just yet.

(Image credit: Ryo Osuga, DigInfo.TV)

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.