Video Technology Magazine
Video Technology Magazine From the Septermber  2004 Issue               

Computer Display Formats
FormatX and Y pixels
CGA/EGA 160x200
Monochrome Display Adapter
VGA 640x480
Super VGA 800x600 SVGA
1024x768 UVGA, XGA, EVGA, Stardard 15" LCD Size
1152x864 XGA+
1280x768 WXGA
1280x1024 SXGA Stardard 17" LCD Size
1400x1050 SXGA+
1680x1024 WSXGA
1680x1050 WSXGA+
1600x1200 UXGA
1920x1440 4:3 Aspect
Misc VGA 720x480
800x480 LILLIPUT 7" LCD (called 1152000 pixels)
848x480 LCD
852x480 LCD
1360x765 LCD
1366x768 LCD
1792x1344 ATI RADEON 9800XT
1800x1440 ATI RADEON 9800XT
1856x1393 ATI RADEON 9800XT
WUXGA 1920x1200 16:10 Aspect
QXGA2048x1536 - 4x(1024x768)
WQXGA2560x1600 16:10
QSXGA2560x2048 - 4x(1280x1024)
QUXGA3200x2400 4:3
WQUXGA3840x2400 - 4x(1920x1200 HDTV)
HSXGA5120x4096 5:4
WHSXGA6400x4096 (15.6:10)
HUXGA6400x4800 4:3
UHDTV7680x4320 - UHDV (33MegaPixels)

Many computer resolutions are multiples of older resolutions

Resolutions 640 x 480 800 x 600 1024 x 768 1280 x 1024 1600 x 1200 1600 x 1280
2x 1280 x 960 1600 x 1200 2048 x 1536 2560 x 2048 3200 x 2400 3200 x 2560
3x 1920 x 1440 2400 x 1800 3072 x 2304 3840 x 3072 4800 x 3600 4800 x 3840
4x 2560 x 1920 3200 x 2400 4096 x 3072 5120 x 4096 6400 x 4800 6400 x 5120
5x 3200 x 2400 4000 x 3000 5120 x 3840 6400 x 5120 8000 x 6000 8000 x 6400

Cell Phone and PDA
Motorola 176x220
Nokia 176x208
Sony Ericcson 128x160
Tungsten T3 320x480
Tungsten E, Zire 72 320x320
Zire 31, Handspring Visor 160x160
Mini LCD Displays
Portable DVD
2.5" to 7"
384x234 16:9
480x234 16:9
Misc LCD1440x234 is really 480x234
They count the RGB a 3 dots
1.8"280x220 4:3
3.5"600x234 4:3

Digital Cimema Formats
2K 2048x1536 16mm
2K Academy projection 2048 x1107
2K TI DLP Resolution2048x1080
4K 4096x3072 35mm 1.33 Aspect
4K Academy projection 4096x2214 35mm 1.66/1.85 Aspect
4K New Sony Projector 4096x2160
4K 4096x6144 35mm VistaVision
4K Academy Full Frame 4096x2988 35mm 1.37 Aspect
Video Conferencing Formats 4:3
QCIF 176x144
QSIF 166x120
or 640x480
704x576 (H.261 Annex D)
16CIF 1408 x 1152
Digital Television formats 4:3
480i640x480 pixels interlaced
480p640x480 pixels progressive
EDTV NTSC704x480 480p/60
DV NTSC720x480
D1 NTSC (ITU-R 601)720x486
EDTV PAL704x576 576p/50
D1/DV PAL720x576
Digital Television formats 16:9
720p 1280x720
HDV 720p 1280x720
1035i1035 Lines Analog (MUSE)
1080i1920x1080 pixels
HDV 1080i1440X1080 pixels
Where did they come up with this?
DV NTSC Wide-screen720x480
D1 NTSC Wide-screen720x486
D1/DV PAL Wide-screen720x576
Digital Television formats 8:3
D4 Anamorphic1440x1024
D16 Anamorphic2880x2048


WUXGA stands for Widescreen Ultra eXtended Graphics Array and is a display resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels with a 16:10 screen aspect ratio.

This resolution is currently available in high-end LCD televisions and computer monitors. Dell sells a notebook with a 15" LCD screen that has this resolution. Apple sells a 23" Cinema Display that has this resolution.


Ultra eXtended Graphics Array is an abbreviation referring to a standard monitor resolution of 1600 x 1200 pixels. Dell Computer refers to the same resolution of 1,920,000 pixels as UGA.


Super eXtended Graphics Array is an abbreviation referring to a standard monitor resolution of 1280 x 1024 pixels. This resolution of 1,310,720 pixels is an enhancement of the standard XGA resolution that IBM developed in 1990.

This resolution is a very strange resolution as it is not the standard 4:3 ratio but a 5:4 ratio. A standard 4:3 monitor using this resolution will therefore not have square pixels, but rectangular ones. This is especially a problem with LCD monitors which have a fixed resolution.

A resolution of 1280 x 960 is also often supported, which has the standard 4:3 ratio.


eXtended Graphics Array is an IBM display standard introduced in 1990. XGA supports a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels with a palette of 256 colours, or 640 x 480 with high colour (16 bits per pixel). XGA-2 added 1024 x 768 support for high colour and higher refresh rates, improved performance, and supports 1360 x 1024 in 16 colours.

Copyright © 2004, John L. Sokol