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DisplayPort includes DockPort extension to VESA standard

Posted: 09 Jan 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:DisplayPort  VESA  DockPort  connector  USB 3.0 

The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) has revealed that it has added DockPort as an extension to the existing DisplayPort standard. DockPort is an emerging technology that allows high-speed USB 3.0 data over the existing DisplayPort connector.

Originally developed by AMD, TI 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, stated the company.

With a single DisplayPort connection using the 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.

With just one inexpensive connector, users will be able to access power, a mouse, keyboard, external optical and hard disk drives, printers, gaming controller, and up to four external monitors.

DisplayPort connects computers and other video sources to TVs and displays, while maintaining backward compatibility with VGA, DVI and HDMI. 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 60fps.

- Julien Happich
  EE Times Europe

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