The Socionext “s8” is the world’s smallest 8K UHD media player. The s8 offers a low-power and standalone solution ideal for 8K content producers, large-format digital signage, scientific and medical research, gaming, AR/VR, and other high-end consumer applications.
Most consumers may just be starting to think about upgrading to a 4K TV or monitor, but 8K video is already making significant headway in applications where having the highest resolution possible is essential. Problem is, there have not been any good production-ready and easy-to-use 8K decoding solutions available. Which is why we introduced the Socionext “s8” 8K Media Player.
Socionext s8 8K Media Player
The Socionext s8, the smallest 8K media player available today, is a compact, low-power and stand-alone 8K decoding solution with plug-and-play features. The player provides real-time 8K/60p decoding powered by our SC1400A 8K TV HEVC Decoder LSI (nicknamed “Bonny”), which features a single-lane PCI Express 2.0 (Gen2) interface and four HDMI 2.0 Tx channels for external connections. A simple GUI and front panel make the s8 easy to set up and use.
The Socionext s8 8K Media Player supports HDR (high dynamic range) and can display 8K/60p HEVC video content on a single 8K monitor or up to four 4K monitors. It enables playback of 8K video via USB 3.0/2.0 input as well as cloud distribution via integrated Gigabit Ethernet. The s8 is a space-saving and power-efficient alternative to 8K content development and playback solutions using subscription-based PC platforms.
The picture quality reproduced by the s8 is stunning. Audiences at CES 2018, Digital Signage Expo (DSE 2018), and the National Association of Broadcasters Show (NAB 2018) described the 8K video playback of the s8 using superlatives like “amazing,” “unbelievable,” and “unreal.”
Socionext s8 Key Features:
- Ultra-compact design: 16” W x 2.3” H x 8.5” D
- Light weight: 5.3 lbs. (2.4kg)
- Low Power: 50W
- Runs on Android OS for easy deployment
- HDR support
- Gigabit Ethernet or USB 3.0/2.0 input
- 4 x HDMI 2.0 [email protected] output
- Intuitive content management
- Scheduling, status check and content upload
- Play, pause and stop control functions
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Socionext s8 Application Examples
The plug-and-play s8 8K media player is available for white-label use in a wide range of applications.
Gaming, Entertainment and other Consumer Applications
8K UHD (4320p) delivers a resolution of 7680 x 4320 pixels, which is sixteen times greater than Full HD (1080p) and four times that of 4K UHD (2160p).
The s8 is ideal for use in gaming, virtual / augmented reality, OTT, and other high-end consumer applications demanding the unparalleled video quality of 8K UHD.
Large-Format Digital Displays and Signage
The Socionext s8 Media Player is a compact and easy-to-use solution offering superior reproduction of 8K content on the largest available digital displays. The super-high resolution of 8K allows each pixel to be effectively indistinguishable to the human eye at typical viewing distances on the large-format commercial digital signage and digital displays found in sports stadiums and concert venues
8K Content Display and Post-Production
Manufacturers of 8K displays and retailers can use the Socionext s8 8K Media Player as a turnkey solution to show off the breathtaking resolution of their 8K products.
The s8 is also ideal for content creators wanting to work with 8K video and images. The player enables filmmakers and photographers to both natively display original 8K content or use post-production tools to digitally crop 8K content to accommodate other standard HD TV resolutions (e.g. 4k, 1080p or 720p).
Science, Medicine and Education
8K display technology has groundbreaking applications in science, medicine and education. Scientists and researchers can now capture and archive ultra-high-definition and microscopic images in 8K for future study and education. The super-high resolution of 8K is opening new clinical possibilities for advanced endoscopic and laparoscopic procedures. For example, 8K UHD enables the greatest possible precision for intricate procedures such as anastomoses of thin nerves and blood vessels as well as more confident surgical resections of a diversity of cancer tissues.
The Socionext s8 Media Player is an easy-to-deploy and compact display solution for scientists, medical professionals and educators adopting 8K UHD technology.
Learn More About 4K and 8K UHD Solutions from Socionext
Socionext is a leading provider of SoC-based solutions for super-high definition 4K and 8K video. We offer a full lineup of video processing encoders, decoders and transcoders as well visual system solutions for processing, displaying and protecting HD and UHD video content.
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