Enabling the delivery of full DisplayPort A/V of >4k performance, superspeed USB data and up to 100 watts of power

VESA has worked closely with the USB Promoters Group to develop DisplayPort over USB-C, thereby enabling the delivery of full DisplayPort A/V performance (driving monitor resolutions of 4K and beyond), SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.1) data and up to 100 watts of power with the convenience of reversible plug orientation and cable direction. DisplayPort is the first A/V protocol to be carried over USB-C—further strengthening VESA’s leadership role in the display industry.

Advantages of DisplayPort over USB-C

  • Full DisplayPort audio/video (A/V) performance (up to 8K at 60Hz)
  • SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.1) data
  • Up to 100 watts of power over a single cable
  • Reversible plug orientation and cable direction
  • Backwards compatibility to VGA, DVI with adaptors
  • Supports HDMI 2.0a and is backwards compatible with previous versions

USB Type-C (USB-C) represents the ultimate goal of consumer electronic device designers and integrators in enabling the transmission of video, super-speed USB and charging power over a single connector and cable. Already, several major consumer electronics manufacturers are beginning to integrate it into their latest products—from Apple’s Retina MacBook to Google’s Chromebook Pixel to name a few. More companies are lining up to follow in these companies’ footsteps, and several new products incorporating the new USB Type-C connector technology are expected to be unveiled in the marketplace by early summer.

Advantages of the USB Type-C Connector

  • New generation of USB connector developed to serve market for next 20 years
  • Thin profile suitable for both ultra portable devices and larger devices
  • Reversible plug orientation & cable direction
    • USB 3.1, Gen 1 (5Gbps) and Gen 2 (10Gbps)
    • USB Power delivery, up to 100 watts
    • Supports DisplayPort over USB-C
  • Leverages the Alternate Interface Function Extension of the USB Type-C interface
  • USB 3.1 and DisplayPort share similar electrical characteristics
    • Low voltage, AC coupled
    • Packetized Data Structure
    • Optimized for integration on deep-submicron process geometry
  • Allows the use of common system elements:
    • Interface chip PHY design
    • Cables and connector, including similar EMI/RFI considerations
    • Signal handling and switching circuits