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DisplayPort 1.1 approved by VESA

DisplayPort 1.1 approved by VESA

With VESA's approval of DisplayPort 1.1, could this finally be the replacement for DVI and VGA?

The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) has approved version 1.1 of the DisplayPort interface for use in flat panel displays, projectors, PCs and CE devices.

With it comes significant benefits such as a much smaller form factor – making it laptop friendly, low voltage and low power operation, two way display connectivity, optional audio support and higher performance than dual link DVI at 10.8Gbps.

Furthermore Hollywood can back the standard too since it is compatible with High Bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) version 1.3 making it HD DVD and Blu-ray friendly.

"The benefits of version 1.1 are significant, and will encourage adoption of DisplayPort in new generations of computers and consumer electronics equipment," said Bill Lempesis, VESA executive director. "Our task groups and committees within VESA worked very hard to ensure that DisplayPort 1.1 satisfies the important objectives it is designed for, and as a result, this new version has widespread support among all the leading computer and consumer electronics suppliers."

Lempesis positive outlook apart however perhaps the most important aspect in the widespread adoption of DisplayPort 1.1 is that it comes royalty free and is an open and extensible standard. This is in stark control to HDMI which carries significant fees (hence the low number of ports in early/cheap HDTVs).

So will DisplayPort 1.1 signal the death of DVI, VGA and even HDMI? In a word: No. DVI probably and VGA yes (eventually) but HDMI is so heavily integrated into the multimedia world and is still such a new standard that it will be nigh on impossible to tear it out so soon.

Personally, I would expect to see DisplayPort 1.1 infiltrate the computer space heavily over the next 12-to-18 months and become the preferable connection option over DVI, VGA and HDMI but as far as your home cinema goes it is likely to have to settle for second billing.

Are the days of DVI and VGA numbered? Share your thoughts in the forums.

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DXR_13KE 5th April 2007, 16:52 Quote
cool... it looks like an usb......
JADS 5th April 2007, 16:56 Quote
UDI looked more impressive tbh. 10.8GBit/s hardly gives any room for increased resolution :(
naokaji 5th April 2007, 17:08 Quote
will it mean the death of vga and dvi? yes and no...
vga yes.. dvi no...
i bet graphicscards will have one displayport 1.1 and a dvi port in the future...
Firehed 5th April 2007, 18:24 Quote
I don't care until there's at least four outputs per card. Seeing how monstrously huge some recent video cards have been, I don't think it's asking for that much if they'll be able to fit them.
</display whore>
sinizterguy 5th April 2007, 18:41 Quote
Sounds good - as long as it makes it smaller and easier to plug in and plug out.

Dont really see the need for higher resolutions than those supported by Dual-Link DVI which this will support - but there is always someone out there who wants more.
devdevil85 5th April 2007, 18:50 Quote
good. any actual standard that is open and not privatized/fee-based like HDMI which will make products cheaper. Also, it's smaller than DVI and VGA. I've been waiting for this to come out for like 6 months. I read an article on it on Cnet and just thought it was a good idea put on hold... glad I was wrong.

Question: What is the best way to get both the video an audio from the computer (assuming it has a DP1.1 port) to the Display (the Moniter/Projector/Plasma) and also to your Surround Sound System (Receiver) with only one direct path?

My guess is that you would have to take the cable from the back of the video card to the receiver and have a DP1.1 port on the receiver (which would take care of the audio) and then from the back of the receiver to the Display. Am I right? Basically it's the same for HDMI I would expect.
neocleous 5th April 2007, 18:58 Quote
What’s the point of another port? HDMI is the digital standard in the HD AV era and PC's are trying to integrate more in an AV setup why have such a similar yet incompatible port? Why not suck up the fees and use HDMI. Seems pointless to me.
1e8o 5th April 2007, 19:24 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by neocleous
What’s the point of another port? HDMI is the digital standard in the HD AV era and PC's are trying to integrate more in an AV setup why have such a similar yet incompatible port? Why not suck up the fees and use HDMI. Seems pointless to me.

I agree
sinizterguy 5th April 2007, 19:41 Quote
Because you have to pay to have an HDMI port. For consumers to have cheaper products, a free port like the declared one is required.
Veles 5th April 2007, 19:57 Quote
Spiffy, VGA/DVI connectors are a right ******* to use.
Cupboard 5th April 2007, 21:52 Quote
Agreed, and how many time have you suddenly got a blue tint to your screen when it comes a bit loose?

In my setup, the weight of the cables puts a great strain on the sockets on the back of my gfx card, so I would love something that would fix this (they are currently supported with electrical tape)
Aankhen 5th April 2007, 22:52 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by JADS
UDI looked more impressive tbh. 10.8GBit/s hardly gives any room for increased resolution :(
UDI++ # 16 GBit/s, yay
genesisofthesith 5th April 2007, 22:58 Quote
Considering the low licencing costs for hdmi, manufacturers should have swallowed the nominal fees for the benefit of the consumer.
r4tch3t 6th April 2007, 00:57 Quote
I'm all for it, as long as bandwidth can be increased ala dual link. Not having to screw it in is a bonus, especially when reaching around behind the monitor or computer feeling your way around, then having to screw it in. DP for the win. UDI would be better, although with no support I don't think it will become widespread.
Bluephoenix 6th April 2007, 03:14 Quote
on the monitors themselves I think that they will have more ports, not less

probable list:
VGA
DVI
DP
Component
HDMI

at least we can hope that they include some sort of split-screen/switching in the panels.

The BenQ 24" is a perfect current-day example of this
GoodBytes 7th April 2007, 15:25 Quote
Quote:

In my setup, the weight of the cables puts a great strain on the sockets on the back of my gfx card, so I would love something that would fix this (they are currently supported with electrical tape)
That is why you have the screws on the plug... so that it doesn't fall out.
Stompy 8th April 2007, 17:36 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by GoodBytes
That is why you have the screws on the plug... so that it doesn't fall out.
Them falling out is not the problem, it's the physical weight put on the socket
GoodBytes 8th April 2007, 18:06 Quote
what?!, your plug has an AC adapter sort of thing?!?! Its the only thing that I can think off where it can possible brake the port.

Look, the plug is design to hold that weight, else stop buying crazy products.

In My opinion, it is just some crappy thing so that when you buy a new video card, and you came home, you realize that it doesn't fix because, it takes a new plug. So you change your mobo, so that means a new CPU, new RAM type, and oh look a new SATA cable, so you need to change your HDD. Moreover, the Mobo take a new power plug, so you need to change the PSU. Then guess what, the PSU doesn't fit in your case, so you need a new case, and finally when you thing you can save your IDE Optical drive.... no they decided to not have that plug anymore on the mobo... and guess what.. the only device you can plug to have an optical drive is this Blu-ray/HDDVD/DVD/CD combo reader/burner...

In other words, you just purchased a new computer...
Ok I TOTALLY exaggerated, but you get my point.
Bluephoenix 8th April 2007, 19:11 Quote
@goodbytes - not really, smart buying decisions and the fact that standards such as DVI, VGA, and DP exist ensures that such an event will not happen.

the only way such a thing would happen is if you were using a computer made around 2001 and wanted to put an SATA HDD and a DP card in it. (the DP card wouldn't be an issue if an AGP vers is made)
CollinstheClown 8th April 2007, 19:40 Quote
*Coming 2010*

New Xbox360 with Display Port support!
New PS3 with Display Port support!




-CollinstheClown
krimson 10th April 2007, 20:24 Quote
i personally welcome stuff like this.. the clunky, clumsy display ports are a PITA in almost every sense... too bad hdmi has such stupid fees and whatnot with it, because that would have been a nice end-all, but someone just had to get theirs too, so now here comes another contender...
only problem now is the $50USD they will charge for a 6' cable
Stompy 11th April 2007, 00:25 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by GoodBytes
what?!, your plug has an AC adapter sort of thing?!?! Its the only thing that I can think off where it can possible brake the port.

Look, the plug is design to hold that weight, else stop buying crazy products.
Not really with a DVI-VGA adapter on the back.
knuck 30th July 2007, 18:33 Quote
Does this mean I won't be able to use my CRT anymore ? :(

Damnit, I will have to play UT3 on a sh*tty LCD and destroy my eyes more and more each games......

EDIT: oh crap hahaha

sorry about uping that topic , I clicked on a link to the news while reading the Samsung LCD news....


my mistake ;)
iwod 30th July 2007, 18:40 Quote
For those who keep mentioning UDI. It is pretty much died in the water. All backer of UDI has already jump to DisplayPort ( apart from Samsung who hasn't pulled out yet. )

DisplayPort offer a few advantage, and one of them not mentioned much is the support of optical cable. HDMI current have problems with low quality cable as well as Cable length. DisplayPort solve all of that.

And DisplayPort 2.0 should double the bandwidth allowed in current spec.

Personally i think DisplayPort is a much better technology then HDMI.
JADS 31st July 2007, 11:22 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by iwod
And DisplayPort 2.0 should double the bandwidth allowed in current spec.

I'll keep waiting for my 30" WQUXGA monitor then ;)
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