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Radeon 2016 GPUs support HDMI 2.0a DP 1.3 and HDR

by on09 December 2015

Official word

AMD held a Radeon Technology group summit last week in Sonoma California and the company shared its cunning plans.

One of the big announcements was its support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) that can help reproduce more realistic pixels.

The new HDR approach will address the problems with higher peak luminance, higher contrast ration and larger colour spaces. It is necessary to have 10-bit ST 2084 encoding for a good HDR picture. This encoding is modelled around modern LCD capabilities which are rather limited. There is a need for consistent encoding from 0 – 10,000 nits and dramatic improvements in details and efficiency in black levels.

TV and monitors Oled will address the issue with weak black levels. More monitors and TVs based on OLED are coming in 2016. The 12-bit ST 2084 encoding would be  good for the picture quality that it would can exceed the human visual acuity.

The new HDR technology  on Radeon cards is called Tonemapping algorithm for Radeon graphics. The new algorithm will be available at 120 FPS 1080P for Radeon R9 300 series over HDMI 1.4b or Display Port 1.2 for gaming and photos. The same card  can do HDR at 60FPS 10bpc at 1440p resolution and 30 PFS 10bpc at 2160 resolution.


The new Radeon GPUs in 2016 will be able to support all this and 3840x2160p 60 FPS at 10 bpc (bits per colour). The next generation Radeon 2016 cards will support HDMI 2.0a, DisplayPort 1.3, DisplayPort 1.2. The first two simply offer much more bandwidth that is needed to get 3840×2160 at 60Hz.

The new Radeon can do HDR for Gaming, photos  and Movies. Sony Bravia 4K line of Android TVs was the first TV to  support this new feature. Samsung JS8500 was nextt. The Sony line-up includes Sony X85C, S85C, X91C, X90C, X93C and X94C models and the HDR content is available on Amazon. Amazon announced original series called Mozart in the Jungle that started back in July.


AMD's Kim Meinerth a senior fellow and system architect of Radeon Technology Group believes that there will be a mass market of HDR displays in the second half of 2016. AMD will help developers to bring workstation and PC gaming to HDR in 2016. Hollywood has already provided end-to-end content and there will be more to come.

Well, without a doubt it is easy to say that pixels will get better in 2016.

Last modified on 10 December 2015
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