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Gov't to spend 11.3 bln won on 3D TV research

All Headlines 11:00 June 02, 2010

SEOUL, June 2 (Yonhap) -- The government said Wednesday that it will spend 11.3 billion won (US$9.3 million) until 2013 to support research on key three-dimensional (3D) TV technologies.

The plan by the Ministry of Knowledge Economy calls for funds to be allocated to the development of the so-called depth camera needed for high-quality 3D images and 4K-level 3D video processing.

Both technologies are critical for South Korea to maintain its edge in the world's high-end TV and video screen markets that are moving from conventional high-definition images on light-emitting diode panels to 3D images and holograms.

The depth camera can help make 3D TVs that do not require viewers to wear special glasses, while 4K-level digital video technology is must to meet growing market demand for higher definition images on screens. At present, most movie theaters use 2K-level images that have a pixel resolution of 2,048 by 1,080.

The 4K technology will have pixel resolution of 4,096 by 2,160, which is roughly four times clearer and sharper than 2K.

The ministry said that within the next five years, most theater screens will switch to 3D 4K images.

It said funds are to be released to qualified laboratories and companies in the second half of this year, with depth camera technology to be developed by 2013 and 4K videos to be created by the end of 2012.

yonngong@yna.co.kr
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