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Displayport over USB-C: The 7 Reasons Why Your Life Just Got Easier

DisplayPort over USB-C was announced last year, and much to the delight of tech-savvy consumers, products that feature the new connection are now beginning to appear on the market. With its sleek interface and powerful abilities, all signs point to DisplayPort over USB-C as the new industry standard for the next generation of devices. Here are just a few reasons DisplayPort over USB-C is the connection we look forward to seeing more of in the future:

It uses the reversible USB Type-C connector.

The connection’s signature single-cable solution debuted with the elegant, seamless new MacBook last spring, and Google’s newest Chromebook also adopted the sleek, solitary port. Even more recently, the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL have also heralded the new era of high-performance connectivity. As platforms become increasingly integrated and compact, DisplayPort over USB-C will continue to play a vital role in advancing display performance and connectivity.

It’s impressively versatile.

DisplayPort doesn’t just deliver the highest display performance available. Combined with the USB Type-C connector’s high-speed data transfer and power delivery functions, DisplayPort over USB-C also enables single-port devices to deliver docking, charging, and data-transferring capabilities simultaneously. The new Lumia 950 and 950XL, for example, are the first smartphones to use USB-C for more than just charging. The DisplayPort capability of this single USB-C port also allows the phones to work in docking scenarios the same way laptops have been doing for years.

It’s ridiculously user-friendly.

DisplayPort over USB-C is both backward compatible and reversible, which means no more guessing which end of the cable goes where.

It’s essential for large-screen gaming.

The unsurpassed visual experience offered by DisplayPort enables up to 5K at 60Hz through a single cable without the use of compression in products implementing the most recent version of the standard. DisplayPort over USB-C also means more great news for gamers: It enhances gaming action through active frame-rate control, delivers high refresh rates and intensely high-resolution realism while also reducing system power and extending battery life.

It transforms multi-streaming.

The DisplayPort Multi-Stream feature enables the connection of multiple displays to a single port. Multi-Stream can also be used within the system to expand the number of display output ports.

It’s the future-proof display interface.

DisplayPort over USB-C will enable future 8K displays using VESA’s DSC (Display Stream Compression). It will also enable higher refresh rates, higher dynamic range, and HDR. Altogether, DSC provides visually lossless performance.

It’s universally preferred by top manufacturers.

VESA, the Video Electronics Standards Association that publishes the DisplayPort standard, already consists of more than 225 companies, including many of the world’s largest semiconductor and electronics companies that support the standard. And it’s expected to become even more widely supported in the next few years. For consumers, that means DisplayPort over USB-C products will be a ubiquitous, easy-to-find solution for just about any kind of display need the future may bring.

“Long awaited, the Power Deliver 2.0 specification defined new standards for power delivery to allow Type-C USB ports to supply devices with much greater amounts of power than the previous standard allowed, now up to 5A at 5V, 12V, and 20V, for a maximum power delivery of 100W.”

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In the market for a new device? Look for full DisplayPort A/V performance with monitor resolutions of 4K and beyond, plus SuperSpeed USB and system power over a single connector.
MacBook 2015
Chromebook Pixel
Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950XL

DisplayPort over USB-C Technical Details

DisplayPort leverages the Alternate Mode Functional Extension of the USB Type-C interface, and shares similar electrical characteristics with USB 3.1, allowing use of common system elements.

Video, SuperSpeed USB and power, all on one connector

4K @60Hz 24-bit color (without compression) with simultaneous USB 3.1

5K (5120 x 2880) display support without compression with simultaneous USB 2.0

Support for BT.2020 color space, HDR, and HDCP 2.2

8K x 4K display support with use of 4:2:0 pixel structure (good) or  VESA Display Stream Compression (better)

High-end multichannel audio support

Backward compatible with VGA, DVI, and HDMI 2.0 with CEC using plug adapters or adapter cables

Extensible packet-based data structure