Zotac has today announced the first graphics card to sport DisplayPort - the new display interface standard that's set for widespread adoption during 2008.
Although we've heard about graphics cards supporting DisplayPort for a while now, we've never actually seen a product until today when Zotac announced a GeForce 8800 GT sporting a DisplayPort port.
The card is an interesting candidate, because its G92 GPU doesn’t have native support for the new display interface standard. As such, we're waiting for Zotac to come back to us with details of how it has implemented the technology.
Carsten Berger, marketing director at Zotac said “Zotac is ready to manufacture and ship DisplayPort equipped products such as those based on Nvidia’s GeForce 8800 GT. We will release the DisplayPort equipped products into the channel next year when DisplayPort monitors are released and consumers are ready to embrace the new standard.
Zotac says that its DisplayPort equipped products will continue to maintain compatibility with existing DVI and VGA standards for those with displays supporting older interface standards by supplying the card with complementary DisplayPort-to-DVI and DisplayPort-to-HDMI converters.
It’s pleasing to see the new kid on the graphics block innovating, and we’re sure a lot of that is down to the manufacturing power and expertise Zotac has behind it being a PC Partner company.
We've been following DisplayPort for quite a while now, and if you're wondering what all of the fuss is about, we've got just the article for you: A look inside DisplayPort
. Things have been pretty quiet since the talk at IDF, but we’re expecting to hear a lot about both DisplayPort and HDMI’s response to VESA’s push for market adoption during this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in early January, so stay tuned for more interface-related news.
For now, you can discuss Zotac’s announcement in the forums