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New Sony tech delivers 1080p from any source

May 31st, 2006 · 3 Comments

Sony 46 Bravia
Sony today announced an upgrade on its long-evolving Digital Reality Creation TV picture improvement technology. First introduced in 1997, this new iteration called DRC Multifunction v2.5.has been developed to create 1080p HD images from any type of digital signal input.
It extends the basic DRC concept, which centers around improving the resolution of various input signals based on interpolation (clever guessing), to make better use of the latest high definition LCD panels. The last significant change to DRC happened back in 2004.
With version 2.5, Sony engineers have utilised sophisticated Digital Mapping techniques to reduce noise and improve subjective resolution. The company says the technology “can create more real, stable HD signals by improving the vertical resolution of 720p and 1080i sources.” The technology will also improve lower resolution material already upconverted to 1080i (typically from DVD players with upscaling). According to Sony: “These signals have different characteristics from the original 1080i HD signals, but they can also be optimized by DRC-MFv2.5.” The technology will debut in the next generation of Sony BRAVIA s.

DRC-MFv2 explained

Tags: High definition TV · LCD TV · Trade

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jon Gardner // May 31, 2006 at 3:41 pm

    Do we know if this is in the X-Series, or is still some way from release?

  • 2 Administrator // Jun 2, 2006 at 11:30 pm

    Still waiting for clarification on this, but while it’s possible the technology could appear on the X-series due later this year, a 2007 introduction seems more likely.

  • 3 Jon Gardner // Jun 2, 2006 at 11:55 pm

    Thanks. Without rehashing the discussion on the forum it would be really good to hear from the horse’s mouth on this. As an outside observer it looks like they discovered their first gen 1080p panel was not going to deal as well as it might/should with these sources and set out to fix. No big surprise I guess, but frustrating if the fix is already just about available (september launch in the US).

    Oh, if only it could be fixed with a firmware upgrade! (pretty sure that will not be the case).

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