NEWARK, CA (22 September 2014) – The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA®), working in liaison with the USB 3.0 Promoter Group, today announced the publication of the DisplayPort Alternate Mode (“Alt Mode”) on USB Type-C Standard. Using the DisplayPort Alt Mode, a USB Type-C connector and cable can deliver full DisplayPort audio/video (A/V) performance, driving monitor resolutions of 4K and beyond, SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.1) data and up to 100 watts of power–over a single cable. The DisplayPort Alt Mode can also drive adaptors that support the huge installed base of existing DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI, and VGA displays.
VESA utilized the Alternate Mode functional extension of the USB Type-C specification in the development of this new Standard. The DisplayPort Alt Mode repurposes some or all of the four existing SuperSpeed USB lanes to deliver full DisplayPort performance, and uses other signaling available in the USB Type-C connector for DisplayPort’s AUX channel and HPD (Hot Plug Detection) function. This enables computers, tablets, smartphones, displays, and docking stations to implement the new USB Type-C connector at both ends while using the DisplayPort Standard over USB Type-C to transmit high-resolution A/V along with USB data and power.
Devices supporting DisplayPort Alt Mode on a USB Type-C connector can also connect to an existing DisplayPort device using a reversible USB Type-C to DisplayPort converter cable. Video source devices that support DisplayPort Alt Mode on a USB Type-C connector can use an appropriate adaptor to drive an HDMI, DVI or VGA display. All adaptors and converter cables will comply with all USB Type-C characteristics, including reversible plug orientation and cable direction.
“The USB Type-C specification was developed to provide consumers with a robust connector for everything from mobile devices to PCs, and when combined with SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps and USB Power Delivery, it truly enables a single cable solution for the market,” said Jeff Ravencraft, USB-IF President and COO. “The USB-IF is also in the process of developing joint port identification guidelines. We’re working with VESA to ensure consumers can recognize when DisplayPort Alt Mode is supported on USB Type-C devices.”
Like USB, DisplayPort uses a packetized data structure and differential AC-Coupled signal “lanes” that carry high speed data with an embedded clock. This allows the same electrical circuits and cables to carry either SuperSpeed USB data, at up to 10 Gbps per lane, or DisplayPort, at up to 8.1 Gbps per lane, as defined in the new DisplayPort 1.3 Standard. Early implementations of DisplayPort Alt Mode USB Type-C devices will likely use existing DisplayPort 1.2a capabilities that support up to 5.4 Gbps per lane. Using 5.4 Gbps across all four high-speed lanes will support up to 4K (4096 x 2160) display resolutions at a 60Hz frame rate with up to 30-bit color.
By leveraging USB Type-C’s flexibility, the DisplayPort Alt Mode can choose to transmit on just one or two of the four available lanes, so that the other two lanes can be used for SuperSpeed USB data at the same time. In a docking station connection, for example, the use of two lanes for DisplayPort at 8.1 Gbps per lane would allow simultaneous transfer of SuperSpeed USB data (up to 10 Gbps in each direction) while also supporting a 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) DisplayPort monitor. The dock can also be configured with DisplayPort protocol converters to support HDMI, VGA and/or DVI monitors. When using all four lanes for DisplayPort Alt Mode, which could drive a monitor with up to 5K (5120 x 2880) resolution, USB 2.0 data can still be carried across the USB Type-C connection using separate pins dedicated for that function.
“DisplayPort has played a vital role in advancing display performance and connectivity for platforms that are increasingly integrated and compact,” said Craig Wiley, Senior Director of Marketing at Parade Technologies, VESA Board member, and VESA Marketing Task Group Chair. “In addition to the dedicated DisplayPort connector, the DisplayPort Standard has become an important ingredient in other wired interfaces, such as ThunderBolt™, DockPort™, MyDP™, and Embedded DisplayPort™. The opportunity to utilize the USB Type-C specification to develop the DisplayPort Alternate Mode helps further VESA’s vision of common-place high performance video interfaces.”
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For more information about DisplayPort and the DisplayPort Alternate Mode for the USB Type-C specification, please visit http://www.displayport.org. For a presentation visit http://www.displayport.org/news-room/dp-related-presentations/ For a list of FAQs click here.
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Newark, CA (15 September 2014) – The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA®) announced the release of the DisplayPort 1.3 audio / video (A/V) standard. An update to the widely used DisplayPort 1.2a standard, this latest version increases the maximum link bandwidth to 32.4 Gbps, with each of four lanes running at a link rate of 8.1 Gbps/lane—a 50% increase from the previous version of the DisplayPort standard. Allowing for transport overhead, DisplayPort’s 32.4 Gbps combined link rate delivers 25.92 Gbps of uncompressed video data.
The increased bandwidth enables higher resolution monitors, including recently announced 5K monitors (with pixel resolutions of 5120 x 2880) using a single DisplayPort cable, without the use of compression. It will also enable higher resolutions when driving multiple monitors through a single connection using DisplayPort’s Multi-Stream feature, such as the use of two 4K UHD monitors, each with a pixel resolution of 3840 x 2160, when using VESA Coordinated Video Timing.
DisplayPort 1.3 continues to support video conversion to VGA, DVI and HDMI. DisplayPort 1.3 adds support for HDCP 2.2 and HDMI 2.0 with CEC (Consumer Electronics Control), which enhances DisplayPort’s utility for television applications, including 4K video with copy protection. The new standard adds support for the 4:2:0 pixel structure, a video format commonly used on consumer digital television interfaces, which enables support for future 8K x 4K displays.
DisplayPort 1.3 also enhances DisplayPort’s value for multi-function interfaces that combine data transport, A/V transport and other capabilities on a single cable. It further refines protocols that enable DisplayPort to share a single cable with other data types. With its higher 8.1 Gbps per-lane link rate, DisplayPort 1.3 can support a single UHD monitor with 60Hz refresh and 24-bit color over two lanes, while assigning the remaining two lanes to increase capacity for alternate data types, such as SuperSpeed USB data as allowed in DockPort™. DisplayPort is the A/V transport standard used by DockPort, Thunderbolt™ and other wired and wireless multi-function interface standards.
“While becoming a mainstream video standard, DisplayPort continues to be at the cutting edge of A/V transport,” said VESA Board of Directors Chair Alan Kobayashi, Fellow & Executive R&D Management for DisplayPort Group at MegaChips Technology America. “These new enhancements to DisplayPort will facilitate both higher resolution displays, as well as easier integration of DisplayPort into multi-protocol data transports, which will satisfy consumer’s desire for simplicity and ease-of-use.”
The DisplayPort standard is offered to VESA members without any license fee. For more information about DisplayPort, please visit http://www.displayport.org or connect with us on YouTube. For a presentation see http://www.displayport.org/news-room/dp-related-presentations/ For a list of FAQs click here.]]>
NEWARK, CA (3 June 2014) – The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA®) today announced the release of the DockPort standard. Developed by several VESA member companies, DockPort is an optional extension of the DisplayPort standard that will allow USB 3.1 data and DC power for battery charging to be carried over a single DisplayPort connector and cable that also carries high-resolution audio/video (A/V) data.
This new extension of the DisplayPort standard is fully backward compatible with all existing DisplayPort devices. When a DockPort-enabled DisplayPort source—such as a computer or tablet—is connected with a DockPort-enabled DisplayPort sink—such as a display monitor or docking station—A/V plus USB data and power will be transferred over a common cable through a single connector. If either the source or sink device is not a DockPort-enabled, then source and sink will recognize only the DisplayPort A/V data stream.
“As computing platforms become increasingly mobile, it becomes necessary to reduce the number of external connectors,” explained Steve Belt, Corporate Vice President – Strategic Alliances & Solutions Enablement AMD, a VESA member company. “With DockPort, VESA has developed a technology standard that enhances elegant docking designs, reduces mobile form factors, and enriches the user experience with streamlined, one-cable access to a wide range of external displays, peripherals and storage.”
DockPort is the first royalty-free industry standard that combines these three essential interface functions into a single connector. VESA first revealed its intention to develop this standard at the 2014 International Consumer Electrics Show. It anticipates that several vendors will demonstrate DockPort-enabled DisplayPort systems at Computex Taiwan, which begins today.
“Until today, most mobile computing platforms required three separate interfaces to support power charging, data transmission and external video,” said Chris Griffith, Business Development Manager for Consumer and Computing Interface at Texas Instruments, a VESA member company. “With DockPort, VESA has elegantly merged this ungainly tangle of wires into a single, sleek connector, combining power charging with the industry’s most popular data transport—USB—and the industry’s highest-speed A/V transport—DisplayPort. DockPort can reduce system implementation cost as designers can reduce external connectors and simplify docking implementations.”
VESA is developing a compliance test protocol to certify systems that meet the DockPort standard. Systems that satisfy this test protocol will be permitted to display VESA’s new DockPort logo on their packaging as a guide for consumers seeking this capability.
“The new DockPort standard demonstrates the enormous adaptability of the DisplayPort standard,” according to VESA Board Chair Alan Kobayashi, Fellow & Executive R&D Management for DisplayPort Group at MegaChips Technology America. “On the one hand, DisplayPort is a flexible A/V transport protocol that easily coexists with other protocols, like USB—it plays nicely with others. On the other hand, DisplayPort is also a robust and proven connector design whose electro-mechanical properties can accommodate data and power over a common passive copper cable and interface.”
The DockPort standard is offered to VESA members without any license fee. For more information about DisplayPort, please visit http://www.displayport.org or connect with us on YouTube. To see VESA’s official DockPort-enabled DisplayPort consumer logo, please visit http://www.vesa.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/DockPort_Logo.jpg]]>
NEWARK, CA (27 May 2014) – The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA®) today announced the election of new Board of Directors leadership. Alan Kobayashi of MegaChips has been elected Board Chair; Syed Athar Hussain has been re-elected Vice Chair; and Richard Hubbard of Texas Instruments has been elected Secretary/Treasurer. The new leadership slate will serve one-year terms of office.
Alan Kobayashi, VESA’s new Board Chair, is Fellow & Executive R&D Management for DisplayPort Group at MegaChips Technology America. Based in San Jose, CA, Mr. Kobayashi has served in a variety of senior corporate technology roles, and he has been an author of VESA’s DisplayPort Standard and served as Chair of the DisplayPort Task Group, the Leader of the organization’s PHY/Link Layer Compliance Sub-groups, and as a VESA Board member. Mr. Kobayashi holds several dozen patents in the area of A/V transport and display.
“VESA’s work developing standards and establishing compliance test protocols is of strategic importance to the entire video display ecosystem,” explained Alan Kobayashi. “I hope to help guide the organization as we continue to enhance our existing, widely adopted standards, while also developing solutions for the industry’s emerging video challenges.
Re-elected as Vice Chair of the VESA Board, Syed Athar Hussain is a Display Domain Fellow at AMD. Syed is a significant contributor to a variety of VESA standards
Richard Hubbard, VESA’s new Board Secretary / Treasurer, has more than 12 years of experience as a senior video technologist at Texas Instruments, where he has responsibility for video standard implementation, compliance, strategy and new product definition. He has also served as TI’s designated representative to other global standards organizations.
“Our new Board officers represent the deep technical depth and corporate breadth of the VESA organization, ”said Bill Lempesis, VESA Executive Director. “As we continue to develop important enhancements to our standards to support 4K UHD video, low power consumption, and broad interoperability, we will rely on the experience and insight of our volunteer Board to guide the development of VESA.”
VESA represent more than 200 companies involved in video technology. Corporate members include AMD, Apple, Broadcom, Cisco, Dell, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Lenovo, LG Electronics, MediaTek, Microsoft, Mitsubishi, NVIDIA, Panasonic, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments, Toshiba and dozens of other global technology leaders.]]>
NEWARK, CA (12 May 2014) – The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA®) today announced the addition of ‘Adaptive-Sync’ to its popular DisplayPort™ 1.2a video interface standard. This technology delivers several important capabilities to computer users: Adaptive-Sync provides smoother, tear-free images for gaming and judder-free video playback. It also significantly reduces power consumption for static desktop content and low frame rate video.
Computer monitors normally refresh their displays at a fixed frame rate. In gaming applications, a computer’s CPU or GPU output frame rate will vary according to the rendering complexity of the image. If a display’s refresh rate and a computer’s render rate are not synchronized, visual artifacts—tearing or stuttering—can be seen by the user. DisplayPort Adaptive-Sync enables the display to dynamically match a GPU’s rendering rate, on a frame-by-frame basis, to produce a smoother, low latency, gaming experience.
In applications where the display content is static—such as surfing the web, reading email, or viewing a slide presentation—DisplayPort Adaptive-Sync allows the display refresh rate to be reduced seamlessly, lowering system power and extending battery life.
During the playback of lower frame rate video content, Adaptive-Sync allows the source to optimize transport of the video format leveraging OS and DisplayPort interfaces. In addition to providing smoother video playback, the lower frame rate enabled by Adaptive-Sync also reduces power demand, extending battery life.
“DisplayPort Adaptive-Sync enables a new approach in display refresh technology, ” said Syed Athar Hussain, Display Domain Architect, AMD and VESA Board Vice Chairman. “Instead of updating a monitor at a constant rate, Adaptive-Sync enables technologies that match the display update rate to the user’s content, enabling power efficient transport over the display link and a fluid, low-latency visual experience.”
Adaptive-Sync is a proven and widely adopted technology. The technology has been a standard component of VESA’s embedded DisplayPort (eDP™) specification since its initial rollout in 2009. As a result, Adaptive-Sync technology is already incorporated into many of the building block components for displays that rely on eDP for internal video signaling. Newly introduced to the DisplayPort 1.2a specification for external displays, this technology is now formally known as DisplayPort Adaptive-Sync.
“VESA is constantly evaluating new methods and technologies that add value to both the end user and our OEM member companies. Adaptive-Sync delivers clearly visible advantages to the user for gaming and live video, and contributes to the development of sleeker mobile system designs by reducing battery power requirements, ”said Bill Lempesis, VESA Executive Director. “VESA has developed a test specification to certify Adaptive-Sync compliance. Systems that pass Adaptive-Sync compliance testing will be allowed to feature the official Adaptive-Sync logo on their packaging, informing consumers which DisplayPort-certified displays and video sources offer Adaptive-Sync.”
Implementation of DisplayPort Adaptive-Sync is offered to VESA members without any license fee.
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NEWARK, CA (April 22, 2014) – The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA®), working in liaison with the MIPI® Alliance, announce the finalization and availability of the Display Stream Compression (DSC) Standard, version 1.0.
VESA developed the DSC standard as an industry-wide compression standard for video interfaces, offering visually lossless performance and low latency. DSC has been adopted into VESA’s embedded DisplayPort (eDP™) v1.4 and into MIPI Display Serial Interface (DSI) Specification v1.2, which are used for embedded display interfaces within mobile systems, including smartphones, tablets and laptops. It is anticipated that the DSC standard will also be used for external display interfaces to computer monitors and televisions.
Increasing display resolution and higher refresh rates present challenges for small-display mobile devices and laptops, as well as large external displays. As display resolutions increase, the interface payload capacity must increase either with more power-consuming bandwidth, video data compression, or both. Displays going beyond 4K resolutions will push the video data rate beyond the current limits of the interface standards. For example, standard 1080p displays require a video data rate of 3.5 gigabits/sec; 4K displays at 60Hz require 14 gigabits/sec; and future 8K displays will require over 50 gigabits/sec. VESA’s DSC standard version 1.0 enables up to 66 percent data rate reduction, extending battery life in mobile systems and laptops, while simplifying the electrical interface requirements for future 4K and 8K displays.
“VESA recognized the need for display interface compression in mobile devices to extend battery life without compromising visual quality,” said Dale Stolitzka, VESA Display Stream Compression Task Group Chairman and member of Samsung Display America Laboratory. “In addition, on-going development of DisplayPort standards, which includes 8K resolution support, foresaw the need for compression because of inherent limits in the existing display interface cables. VESA realized that compression was becoming a common need in the industry, and that a standard compression coding system could meet these common display interface needs.”
“We are pleased to have contributed to the development of the DSC standard through our liaison agreement with VESA,” said Joel Huloux, Chairman of the Board, MIPI Alliance. “We came to the same conclusion, regarding the need for a video interface compression standard, and realized that both organizations and the industry would benefit through this collaborative effort. DSC enables a single codec for system chips that have multiple interfaces.”
The VESA DSC Task Group, in collaboration with the MIPI Alliance Display Working Group, co-defined requirements for a high quality compression specification that meets the needs of today’s varied display usage, which includes a wide range of image types from still graphics and text overlaps, to photography and video. The new coding system also addresses usage on a wide variety of display types, sizes and viewing conditions.
Unlike more complex compression algorithms, such as MPEG, the DSC standard uses a less complex algorithm that provides a lower compression rate, and consumes fewer system resources including power. DSC provides low latency, which is important for interactive systems. Through extensive subjective testing of the standard, DSC is shown to deliver visibly lossless performance for graphics, text, images and video. The DSC encoding algorithm is based on delta pulse code modulation (DPCM), an Indexed Color History (ICH), an entropy encoder and a rate buffer that guarantees video data throughput for any possible display content.
The DSC standard is available for free to VESA members and for $350 for non-members. For additional technical information on DSC, please see the “VESA Display Stream Compression” white paper at http://www.vesa.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/VESA_DSC-ETP200.pdf.
VESA eDP v1.4 and MIPI DSI v1.2 are available to the members of the respective organizations.
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The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) is an international, non-profit standards association representing a global network of more than 200 hardware, software, computer, display and component manufacturers committed to developing and promoting the electronics industry. VESA has an established 24-year track record of creating and supporting simple, universal and cross-product solutions for today’s video and electronics industry. The association’s standards include DisplayPort™, the industry replacement for DVI, LVDS and VGA. DisplayPort utilizes a state-of-the-art digital protocol and provides an expandable foundation to enable astonishing digital display experiences. For more information about VESA, visit www.vesa.org.
About MIPI Alliance
MIPI Alliance (MIPI) develops interface specifications for mobile and mobile-influenced industries. Founded in 2003, the organization has more than 250 member companies worldwide, more than 15 active working groups, and has delivered more than 45 specifications within the mobile ecosystem in the last decade. Members of the organization include handset manufacturers, device OEMs, software providers, semiconductor companies, application processor developers, IP tool providers, test and test equipment companies, as well as camera, tablet and laptop manufacturers. For more information, please visit www.mipi.org.
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INTERNATIONAL CES, LAS VEGAS (7 January 2014) – The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA®) announced today that DockPort will be added as an official extension to the existing DisplayPort standard. DockPort is an emerging technology that enables high-speed USB 3.0 data over the existing DisplayPort connector. Originally developed by AMD, Texas Instruments, and other VESA member companies, the DockPort extension will allow notebooks, tablets and other small form factor computers to aggregate the display, data and power interfaces into a single convenient connector.
Computers and other smart devices require high-speed I/O ports to share high-resolution video with external displays, high bandwidth data with external storage and other peripherals, and power for battery charging. As notebooks and tablets become thinner and more portable, consumers want to combine these three common interfaces into a single port on their mobile device. With a single DisplayPort connection using the new DockPort extension and enhanced power capabilities under development, consumers will be able to attach their computers or tablets to a docking station and have instant, hassle-free access to a wide array of external resources.
“Consumers are happiest when they can personalize their electronics systems and reduce the number of cables they need to deal with at the same time,” explained Steve Belt, AMD’s corporate vice president of strategic alliances. “We identified DisplayPort as an ideal starting point and began collaborating with other industry leaders to create DockPort as an extension of DisplayPort’s capabilities. With just one inexpensive connector, users can now access power, a mouse, keyboard, external optical and hard disk drives, printers, gaming controller, and up to four external monitors. That’s a lot of capability from a single, standardized connector.”
AMD’s Discovery Tablet reference design, which utilizes DisplayPort with the DockPort extension to enable video, data and power over one connector, won two 2014 CES Innovation Awards.
“VESA’s decision to augment the popular DisplayPort standard with the single-connector capabilities of TI’s innovative DockPort controller is a win for end equipment designers and consumers,” said Wes Ray, systems and applications manager for Consumer and Computing Interface at TI. “As an open standard, DockPort will be readily available for designers to implement and more quickly deliver the convenience of a single connection in devices such as tablets, notebooks, docking stations and dongles.”
DisplayPort is the world’s most advanced, high data rate video interface standard. It connects computers and other video sources to televisions and displays, while maintaining backward compatibility with VGA, DVI and HDMI. The global standard is backed by more than 200 technology leaders worldwide.
Designed to be robustly ‘future proof’ as well as backward compatible, DisplayPort allows a video source to drive up to four displays, and it is the only video interface that can support 4K UHD TVs and displays with deep color at 60 frames per second. DisplayPort with the DockPort extension will continue to be a royalty-free standard. DisplayPort-certified systems are available from every leading display manufacturer, and consumers purchase millions of DisplayPort products every year.
“Being a modern, high-speed, packet-based digital interface, DisplayPort was designed to be extensible while also providing backward compatibility,” said Craig Wiley, Sr. Director of Marketing for Parade Technologies, and Chair of the VESA Board of Directors. “Similar to Thunderbolt and MyDP, the new DockPort extension will utilize the flexibility of DisplayPort technology to create a single display, data, and, in the near future, power connector, while still being backward compatible with all other DisplayPort devices. We expect the DockPort feature will appear in main-stream products since its performance is tailored for standard connectors and passive cables.”
“VESA anticipates finalizing the DockPort extension specification by Q2 2014,” according to Bill Lempesis, Executive Director of VESA. “Our rigorous standardization process will include the development of a compliance test, and devices claiming to support the DockPort extension will be tested as part of the DisplayPort logo program to ensure interoperability.”
DisplayPort with DockPort extension demos are currently on display at CES 2014 in Las Vegas, January 6-10, booth 21324 LVCC South Hall 1/2 Ground Level.
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NEWARK, CA (10 December 2013) – The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA®) announced today that it certified 300 new DisplayPort products in 2013, a 63% increase in the number of certified products. Products that passed VESA’s rigorous compliance test, which qualifies products to feature the distinctive orange-and-black DisplayPort logo, include desktop and notebook computers, displays, graphic cards, cables and adaptors. This year, for the first time, 4K Ultra-HD (UHD) televisions and 4K computer displays have also been DisplayPort certified and introduced into the market.
“Consumers increasingly seek out the DisplayPort logo when purchasing new computers, displays and other products,” explained Bill Lempesis, VESA executive director. “DisplayPort’s thorough certification process assures the buyer that their new DisplayPort purchase is flawlessly interactive with other DisplayPort products. DisplayPort is constantly evolving, with new features like multiple display streaming over a single cable, and 4K x 2K display resolution at 60 Hz with up to 30-bit per pixel color depth.”
More Than 200 Top Technology Companies Back Today’s Highest Data Rate Standard
DisplayPort is the world’s most advanced, high data rate video interface standard. It connects computers and other video sources to televisions and displays, while maintaining backward compatibility with VGA, DVI and HDMI. Backed by more than 200 technology leaders worldwide, DisplayPort is supported by all of the world’s leading processor and graphic chip companies, the world’s top computer manufactures, and the world’s top display manufacturers. Market research firms estimate that several hundred million individual DisplayPort products are sold every year.
Designed to be robustly ‘future proof’ as well as backward compatible, DisplayPort is the only video interface that can support the newest generation of 4K UHD TVs and displays with deep color at 60 frames per second. Several DisplayPort certified 4K systems are already available for purchase.
To maintain DisplayPort’s technical lead, VESA announced several initiatives during the past year, including a new DisplayID 1.3 standard that will enable innovative display features at resolutions higher than 4K, and development of a micro-DisplayPort connector, which will be used by smartphones, ultra-thins and other small form factor video sources.
“DisplayPort is a flexible and robust standard because it is based on an adaptable packet-based architecture,” said Craig Wiley, Sr. Director of Marketing for VESA member Parade Technologies, and Chair of the VESA Board of Directors. “Because of its many advantages, DisplayPort was chosen as a core technology for Thunderbolt, and as the internal video connection for almost all new high resolution notebook computer designs.”
Some of the latest DisplayPort certified products, and their most advanced features, will be on display at CES 2014 in Las Vegas, January 6-10, booth 21324 LVCC South Hall 1/2 Ground Level.
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Video Electronics Standards Association To Define Next-Generation Video Connector for Smartphones, Tablets, Ultra-thin Notebooks and Mobile Systems –
NEWARK, CA (23 October 2013) – Responding to the growth of portable and ultra-thin computing devices, the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA®) today announced that it is defining a micro-DisplayPort connector standard. Designed to be physically smaller than VESA’s existing DisplayPort and mini-DisplayPort connectors, the new micro-DisplayPort connector will target smartphones, tablets, ultra-thin notebooks and other mobile systems that require an extremely compact connector to drive external video displays.
“Market demand for slim, mobile systems is growing rapidly,” said Jim Hunkins, System Architect, Display Technology for VESA member AMD, and Lead of VESA’s DisplayPort Connectivity Subgroup. “Imagine sharing videos, photos, presentations and other visual content directly from your tablet or smartphone on a 4K-UHD display. An elegant, micro-sized video connector is essential to enable next-generation mobile systems to interact with the ever expanding array of external display options.”
New Global Standard will Drive Even Larger Displays through an Even Smaller Connector
The new micro-DisplayPort connector will be significantly smaller than the mini-DisplayPort connector, which already measures a rather svelte 5.4mm x 8.3mm. Designed to support data rates for future display bandwidths beyond today’s 4K resolutions, the micro-DisplayPort standard will define the mechanical and electrical specifications for the receptacle, plug, cable and docking connector.
In evaluating various technical solutions, VESA will require backward compatibility with existing DisplayPort devices, as well as the ability to support anticipated future DisplayPort capabilities. One objective for the new micro-DisplayPort connector, which is undergoing discussion within the VESA working group assigned to this project, is to support the use of a passive cable with lengths up to 1.5m, without the use of repeaters or other active components. VESA expects to finalize the micro-DisplayPort standard by 2Q 2014.
“As with other VESA standards, our goal for the micro-DisplayPort connector is to create a robust, extensible standard that can be widely adopted by the industry to develop attractive, cost-effective, and flawlessly interoperable products,” said Craig Wiley, Sr. Director of Marketing for VESA member Parade Technologies, and Chair of the VESA Board of Directors. “We welcome technical input and proposals from both member and non-member companies worldwide as we continue the process of analyzing and defining this new connector standard.”
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NEWARK, CA (23 September 2013) – The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA®) today announced the publication of VESA’s Display Identification Data Standard (DisplayID) version 1.3. Delivering on the Association’s promise to create standards that address emerging trends in display technology–including higher resolutions and pixels per inch (PPI)–the latest version of DisplayID now includes support for resolutions at 4K and beyond, tiled display topologies, stereo 3D formats and additional timing standards.
“Every day, increasing transmission rates, video resolutions, PPI and processing capabilities are making new display capabilities available to consumers. Our vision for DisplayID was to define a standard that can easily keep pace with a rapidly expanding universe of display options,” said Syed Athar Hussain, display domain architect for Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and VESA vice-chairman. “With DisplayID, video sources—like computers, game consoles, cable boxes and video players—can easily discover the capabilities of the monitors they are connected to, enabling an automatic and seamless user experience between devices.”
The DisplayID standard was developed by the VESA members to define data structures that a video display uses to describe its physical and performance attributes. Encoded into a display EEPROM, DisplayID enables a video source to discover these display attributes, and to customize its video data stream output for the unique capabilities of an individual display.
DisplayID was developed as the evolutionary advancement for VESA’s widely adopted Extended Display Identification Data (EDID) standard. Designed specifically to be ‘future-proof,’ DisplayID employs flexible header and data structures that can be of varying length and number, in contrast to the fixed header and data structures used by EDID. The flexible, modular data structures defined by DisplayID enable new definitions to identify new display resolutions, refresh rates, audio standards and other formats and capabilities. One of the more exciting new capabilities, tiled displays, supports a single display that uses multiple video processors, with each video processor handling the image on one segment of the display. The latest 4K @60Hz monitors now entering the market offer four times the resolution of conventional high-definition TV. These new 4k monitors frequently employ tiled displays to enable a more optimized system level solution that satisfies the higher resolution trend.
“Display manufacturers are starting to develop advanced technologies, including 8K ultra-HD displays and displays that incorporate multiple video processors. These new display capabilities need to be identified and defined within the DisplayID standard for effective inter-operability and ease of use with other consumer and computer systems,” said Bill Lempesis, executive director at VESA. “Keeping standards at the forefront of technology enables manufacturers to deliver the latest capabilities in display technology to the consumer. VESA is proud to be an association that propels advancements within the display interface industry.”
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