Monday, March 21, 2011

LG Thrill 4G Phone and 3D Video Conference

AT&T today announced it will sell LG Thrill 4G 3D capable smart phone. The LG Thrill 4G boasts a 1GHz dual-core, dual-channel processor with sport of Android 2.2, a 4.3-inch glassless 3D display and 3D camera. It is a branded version of the LG Optimus 3D. The Optimus 3D is the first smartphone to use TI's OMAP 4430 SoC in which IVA 3 hardware accelerators enable full HD 1080p, multi-standard video encode/decode. It was claimed that IVA 3 provides support for high definition stereoscopic 3D encode/decode (OMAP4430: 720p, OMAP4440: 1080p). Brian Klug & Anand Lal Shimpi compared OMAP4430 with NVIDIA's Tegra 2. They said that the 4430 holds a similar advantage over NVIDIA's Tegra 2. They also suggested OMAP4430 may be also better than Samsung's Exynos 4210 and Qualcomm's upcoming MSM8660.
LG Optimus 3D
(Credit: LG)

Last Sunday Nintendo 3DS came to US on sale. It also comes with 3D camera and glassless 3D screen.

I am not sure if h.264 based MVC (Multiview Video Coding) can be supported in these two LG phones although OMAP4430 may support 2D 720p H.264 video encoding and decoding. Nokia opened MVC source codes in 2009. Nokia used the following picture to demonstrate the future 3D screen. Currently MVC is very important for 3D video conferencing. Holographic video conferencing is on the top of the next five in five predicted by IBM.

Since more 3D video contents will be available from 3D smartphone and Nintendo devices, requirement of 3D TV for glassless 3D display will be boosted. Samsung unleashed 55-inch glassless 3D TV in the FPD China Trade Show.


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