New Wave of Consumer Electronics Offer Improved Display Performance and Functionality Through DisplayPort

Leading Consumer Electronics Manufacturers Enabling DisplayPort as the Exclusive Video Output——-

The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA®) today announced that a new wave of consumer electronics devices featuring DisplayPort® as the only display interface is sweeping the industry. Driven by demand for higher display performance, some of today’s hottest brands are leveraging DisplayPort to both increase display capability and to reduce the number of system ports needed. Apple was early adopter with DisplayPort and then Thunderbolt, which is DisplayPort-compatible, and now other leading companies including Microsoft®, Google®, Dell™ and Lenovo® are among other VESA members that offer DisplayPort-only products. These new products include the Microsoft Surface Pro with Windows® 8 Pro, the Google Chromebook™ Pixel, Dell’s XPS 13 Ultrabook and XPS 12 Convertible Touch Ultrabook, Lenovo’s ThinkPad® X1 Carbon Ultrabook, ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch Ultrabook and the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix Ultrabook Convertible.

For the consumer, the DisplayPort interface provides the highest available display performance and offers backward-compatibility with existing displays using video adaptors. Video adaptors for converting DisplayPort to VGA, DVI and HDMI™ are widely available. For the system company, DisplayPort allows full integration and power savings, enabling sleeker system design and longer battery life. DisplayPort also reduces interference with wireless devices and has other technical advantages including the ability to add new features while maintaining backwards compatibility.

ome new devices on the market are starting to enable optional DisplayPort 1.2 features such as HBR2 (High Bit Rate 2), which enables support of 4Kx2K displays (Ultra HD) at 60Hz frame rate, which is not possible using other video interfaces through the use of a single cable. Another DisplayPort 1.2 feature becoming available is Multi-Stream Technology (MST), which allows support of multiple monitors through a single cable, using a video hub or daisy-chainable displays. More DisplayPort 1.2 enabled systems with HBR2 and/or Multi-Stream will become available in 2013.

“The higher-performance system products on the market, such as the new Surface Pro, continue to migrate more towards DisplayPort. For the consumer, this provides the ability to enjoy high quality video and audio and use the increasing number of DisplayPort-enabled display devices. For the OEM it eliminates the need for alternate display interfaces and has other advantages,” said Craig Wiley, chairman of the board of directors at VESA. “It’s encouraging to see the system companies embrace the DisplayPort ecosystem that was developed by personal computer industry. One objective of DisplayPort was to enable a single Display interface, and with many DisplayPort-enabled displays and adaptors now available it now makes sense to do this.”

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