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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Video Electronics Standards Association Delivers on Promise to ‘Future-Proof’ DisplayID Standard -
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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NEWARK, Calif., July 23, 2013 – The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA®) today announced the publication of the VESA Multiple Projection Common Data Interchange (MPCDI) Standard. The MPCDI standard was developed by VESA’s Multi-Projector Automatic Calibration (MPAC) Task Group to create a standard data format for projection calibration systems to communicate with devices in a multi-display configuration. The standard allows multi-projector systems to generate the data needed to combine individual display components into a single, seamless image. These systems are able to produce data that can be consumed by a variety of devices, other programs, and displays without necessitating individual integration efforts. Rather than having to worry about integrating with multiple systems the new piece of hardware and software can be easily integrated with the standard.
“Industries such as corporations, education, information management and telecommunication increasing their use of projectors to display information in a broader form, the MPCDI standard will be vital for the longevity of currently implemented projection systems,” said Daniel Baker, assistant producer, Creative Technology Group, Walt Disney Imagineering. “In any market, there are constantly changing technologies with new capabilities. Upgrading and replacing components means new custom software. With a common standard such as MPCDI, existing systems are supported as components can be replaced interchangeably, therefore conserving costs when replacing and upgrading systems.”
VESA’s MPCDI standard defines how multiple displays, typically projectors, are combined to create a single seamless display. Currently, multiple projector systems require the integration of many different components. With custom multiple-projector displays, this can require combining projectors, image generators, warping boxes, media servers, splitters, and distribution amplifiers.
“The work of the MPAC Task Group to standardize multi-projection implementation will be widely used by many industries for years to come, further demonstrating the breadth of the Association and its impact on the image display and electronics industries,” said Craig Wiley, chairman of the VESA Board of Directors. “Adding to our already extensive library of standards, VESA is clearly the leader in developing and implementing widely adopted standards helping to unify interoperability of both professional and consumer electronics.”
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The workshops were designed for managers, engineers and program administrators, and featured demonstrations and interactive discussions on the different technologies and standards offered in the DisplayPort ecosystem. The workshops featured presentations led by member companies on specific use cases including:
MyDP Technology, Analogix
MyDP and eDP Test and Measurement, Agilent
HBR2 Measurements, Tektronix
Link Layer Testing, Unigraf/SYMH
Understanding Multi-Stream, VTM and Allion Labs
The high turnout at this year’s event demonstrates continued growth within the DisplayPort ecosystem, and increased adoption of the DisplayPort standard by Asian product manufacturers. The association plans to continue these events on an annual basis to promote the integration of DisplayPort in consumer electronics devices. The presentations are available for download by clicking here.
Please stay tuned for more information on next year’s planned events, and check back on vesa.org to register for future events.]]>
VESA’s DisplayPort standard is the new digital video interface being widely adopted by personal computers, mobile devices, and displays. It is a high-bandwidth video interface that enables features not available with other electronic connections, delivering true digital imaging and audio through a single cable. DisplayPort is the only video interface that supports multiple displays and Ultra HD (4K) at 60 frames per second from a single video output.
“Confirming that DisplayPort products are interoperable and perform as promised is essential to enabling this new technology to our member companies and the end user,” said Craig Wiley, chairman of the VESA Board of Directors. “As we continue to see higher DisplayPort adoption rates, compliance testing has become fundamental in satisfying user expectations. Allion is a natural fit for VESA as they have a long, reputable history in the testing and certification of DisplayPort as well as other standards products.”
With the introduction of DisplayPort testing service to its Japan lab’s service portfolio, Allion now has four VESA authorized DisplayPort world-wide test centers. Allion opened the first authorized DisplayPort test center in Taiwan in 2008.
“Establishing a DisplayPort compliance test facility in Tokyo enables VESA to mandate certified DisplayPort products through testing services and ensure device compatibility throughout the ecosystem,” said Hideaki Nakayama, executive vice president, Allion Japan Inc. “Allion is proud to be a certified test center in Japan for the DisplayPort standard, advancing the availability of compliant DisplayPort products.”
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“We are continuing to see increasing global recognition of VESA and the DisplayPort standard as the preferred interface in the PC industry,” said Craig Wiley. “VESA membership continues to grow with currently over 200 member companies. I look forward to collaboration with Syed and the other Board members to expand VESA’s development on DisplayPort-related standards as well as VESA’s role as a DisplayPort ecosystem enabler.”
VESA is a global industry association with more than 200 industry-leading member companies. The Association is led by a Board of Directors, which represent a voting membership. Its mission is to develop, promote and support an ecosystem of vendors and certified interoperable products for the personal computer and electronics industry.
As the newly-elected vice-chairman, Syed Athar Hussain will apply his relevant working experience at AMD that involves deploying and improving both the DisplayPort standard as well as embedded DisplayPort (eDP) standard from end user usability and interoperability perspective.
“Consumers are looking for a nonintrusive plug and play experience resulting in seamless display interoperability and automatic feature scalability between small and large devices. This includes interoperability between small form-factor, content consumption devices, midrange high DPI and high resolution content creation devices, and large form-factor collaboration and visualization systems,” said Syed Athar Hussain. “VESA is at the forefront of defining new technologies that addresses such needs in the display realm. It is an honor to be part of an association that unites internationally-recognized PC, consumer electronics and major component manufacturers. I look forward to working with the Board and the VESA member companies to facilitate a collaborative and open environment to create and enhance the DisplayPort-related standards and expedite deployment.”]]>