The highest resolution that is supported on the typical computer today is 2560 x 1600. This is the resolution that is handled by some 30-inch monitors on the market today. Intel has announced that its coming Ivy Bridge chipset will support even higher resolutions with up to 4096 x 2304. That would mean that the chipset supports higher than 1080p resolution.
With the highest resolution screens common today supporting 2560 x 1600, the move by Intel indicates that higher resolution screens are in the works. This is good news for people that are really into media and for gamers looking for the highest resolutions possible in a game. The 4K resolution is supposed to land next year.
Intel is also talking up the Multi Format Codec MFX engine that will allow the playback of multiple 4K resolution videos at one time. The MFX engine would support the 4K QuadHD video standard adopted last year by YouTube. Enhancements made to Ivy Bridge will allow it to have a 60% performance increase compared to the current Sandy Bridge chips. The thought of a Cinema Display from Apple or displays from other firms cramming the 4K resolution into a 27 to 30-inch screen is appealing. You will need some graphics muscle for gaming at that resolution.
[via Apple Insider]