AMD demos first GPU with native DisplayPort 1.1

Written by Tim Smalley

August 3, 2007 // 5:20 p.m.

Tags: #amd #ati #card #displayport #gpu #graphics #native #r700 #radeon

Earlier this week, AMD demonstrated the first graphics processor with a native DisplayPort 1.1 interface at the Video and Electronic Standards Association’s (VESA) PlugTest event in Milpitas, California.

The next generation chip, whose details were not disclosed, successfully completed interoperability testing conducted by VESA. The test had AMD’s next-generation graphics chip output a signal to a Genesis Microchip DisplayPort receiver, for which many monitor manufacturers, including Samsung, will be using in future displays.

AMD also stated that it plans to implement native DisplayPort in its ATI Radeon graphics processors in the early 2008 timeframe, which means that it’ll be here in time for R700’s launch sometime in mid-2008, as we reported last week.

“AMD has been driving the high-definition transition on the PC with innovative firsts such as integrated HDMI, high-bandwidth digital content protection (HDCP) and our Unified Video Decoder (UVD),” said Rick Bergman, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Graphics Products Group, AMD. “With the successful interoperability testing of the first graphics chip to feature a native DisplayPort transmitter, we are once again breaking new ground in customer-centric innovation by offering increased choice in video and display technologies to our users.”

For those not familiar with DisplayPort, it’s a new technology that aims to unify and standardise display connectivity across desktop and notebook computers with a common high-bandwidth connection.

“As one of the founding members of the DisplayPort promoter group, and a very active VESA member, AMD has played a valuable role for more than four years now in the specification development of the DisplayPort interface,” said Bill Lempesis, executive director, VESA. “We congratulate AMD on achieving this tremendous milestone so soon after DisplayPort version 1.1 was ratified in April.”

In related news, the Inquirer has word that AMD’s next-generation R700 graphics processor will support DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort natively.

DisplayPort is obviously not a good thing for those that won’t be jumping to upgrade to next-generation graphics cards either late this year or early next year, but we’re fairly sure that both DVI and DisplayPort, its eventual successor, will coexist for quite some time. I guess it’ll be just like DVI and VGA in that respect, but with the promise of becoming a universal standard across all PCs.

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