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It’s the industry replacement for outmoded display technologies such as DVI, LVDS and VGA and it’s currently being built into all new PC chipsets, GPU’s and display controllers from major silicon manufacturers. DisplayPort utilizes a state-of-the-art digital protocol and provides an expandable foundation to enable amazing digital display experiences. Designed for low power implementation and high performance, DisplayPort enables the next generation display technology while providing compatibility with existing equipment. Designed specifically for usage in space-constrained applications applications like ultra-thin notebooks, netbooks and graphic cards where connector space is at a premium and where display performance really matters.

DisplayPort is designed to be the future-ready, scalable solution for high performance digital display connectivity. It enables the highest resolutions, the fastest refresh rates and deepest color depths over standard cables.

DisplayPort has unique features and capabilities that enable exciting new types of displays and display usages. And it doesn’t require PC owners to replace all of their equipment because simple adaptors allow DisplayPort enabled devices to connect to monitors and projectors that use older technologies such as DVI, HDMI and VGA.

Important features of DisplayPort 2.0/2.1:

  • The 2.x generation of DisplayPort enables up to 3X increase in video bandwidth performance (max payload of 77.37 Gbps)
    • Maximum link rate to up to 20 Gbps/lane and features more efficient 128b/132b channel coding, delivering a maximum payload of 77.37 Gbps
    • First standard to support 8K resolution (7680 x 4320) at 60 Hz refresh rate with full-color 4:4:4 resolution, including with 30 bits per pixel (bpp) for HDR-10 support
  • Beyond 8K resolutions: Example Configurations:
    • Single display resolutionsOne 16K (15360×8460) display @60Hz and 30 bpp 4:4:4 HDR (with DSC)
      One 10K (10240×4320) display @60Hz and 24 bpp 4:4:4 (no compression)
    • Dual display resolutionsTwo 8K (7680×4320) displays @120Hz and 30 bpp 4:4:4 HDR (with DSC)
      Two 4K (3840×2160) displays @144Hz and 24 bpp 4:4:4 (no compression)
    • Triple display resolutionsThree 10K (10240×4320) displays @60Hz and 30 bpp 4:4:4 HDR (with DSC)
      Three 4K (3840×2160) displays @90Hz and 30 bpp 4:4:4 HDR (no compression)
    • When using only two lanes on the USB-C connector via DP Alt Mode to allow for simultaneous SuperSpeed USB data and video, DP 2.0 can enable such configurations as:Three 4K (3840×2160) displays @144Hz and 30 bpp 4:4:4 HDR (with DSC)
      Two 4Kx4K (4096×4096) displays (for AR/VR headsets) @120Hz and 30 bpp 4:4:4 HDR (with DSC)
      Three QHD (2560×1440) @120Hz and 24 bpp 4:4:4 (no compression)
      One 8K (7680×4320) display @30Hz and 30 bpp 4:4:4 HDR (no compression)
  • Higher refresh rates and high dynamic range (HDR) support at higher resolutions
  • Improved support for multiple display configurations
  • Improved user experience with augmented/virtual reality (AR/VR) displays, including support for 4K-and-beyond VR resolutions.
  • Advantages of DP 2.1 are enjoyed across both the native DP connector as well as the USB Type-C connector
  • Support for visually lossless Display Stream Compression (DSC) with Forward Error Correction (FEC), HDR metadata transport, and other advanced features

Important features of DisplayPort 1.4a:

  • Next Generation Revolutionary Display Interface Technology
    • Micro-packet architecture over 1- 4 lanes
    • Up to 8.1 Gbps per lane–32.4 Gbps over 4 lanes
    • Allowing for overhead — 25.92 Gbps over 4 lanes
    • Increased bandwidth allows 5K monitors (5120 x 2880) with a single cable and no compression
    • Multiple display support–two 4K UHD monitors (3840 x 2160) using VESA Coordinated Video Timing supported from a single connector
    • Continued support for video conversion to VGA, DVI and HDMI
    • Support for HDCP 2.2 and HDMI 2.0 with CEC
    • Support for 4:2:0 pixel structure which enables 8K x 4K displays
    • Ability to support UHD monitor @60Hz and 24-bit color over (2) lanes while assigning other 2 lanes for alternate data types such as USB as allowed in DockPort

Important features of DisplayPort 1.2:

  • Revolutionary Display Interface Technology
    • Micro-packet architecture over 1- 4 lanes
    • Up to 5.4 Gbps per lane–21.6 Gbps over 4 lanes
    • Auxiliary channel for bidirectional data communications at 1 Mbps/ 720 Mbps Optional
    • Powered connectors (providing up to 1.5W)
    • Multiple display support–63 separate AV streams supported from a single connector
    • Scalable for large and small devices, displays, and cables
  • Designed Specifically for High Performance Graphics and Flat Panel Displays
    • Low voltage compatibility for integration into the latest chipsets, GPU’s and display controllers
    • Low power and scalable lanes for integration directly in LCD panels
    • Low EMI and RFI
    • Compact external connector with optional latching
    • Mini DisplayPort connector is space efficient for high performance for laptops, netbooks and multi-output graphics cards
  • Long Cable Support
    • Up to 15 meters and beyond
    • Higher bandwidth active cables and hybrid cables also available (utilize DP power pin)
  • High Performance is Standard
    • Beyond high definition; WQXGA at 10 bit color
    • Beyond Full HD 3D stereo support at 120hz
    • DP v1.2 enables High Color Range Quad Full HD delivered over a standard DisplayPort connector (up to 4K x 2K at 60 FPS and 24 bpp)
  • Ultra-low Latency for super fast response
  • High performance over standard cables
  • Enables Exciting New Display Designs
    • Unique direct drive monitor (DDM) capability enables ultra-thin monitors
    • Audio and HDCP enable high definition content playback and built-in speakers on multi-function displays
  • Ubiquitous Connectivity to Any Display
    • Interoperability with DVI and HDMI signaling over DisplayPort Connector
    • Compatibility with existing displays via simple adapters
    • Dual-mode DisplayPort PCs can be connected to DVI, VGA and HDMI monitors and projectors.
  • Reduces Wiring and enables Higher Performance in Laptops
    • Embedded DisplayPort (eDP) enables lighter weight internal cabling
    • Embedded DisplayPort reduces system power enabling longer notebook battery life
    • Enables higher-performance notebook LCDs for emerging applications such as 3D stereo, 120Hz refresh rates and the deepest color depths

*VGA requires a separate converter device. DVI and HDMI supported only when DisplayPort source device has DP++ capability, and require a separate adaptor. Full DisplayPort resolution not supported on non-DisplayPort devices.