VESA Unveils DisplayPort 2.0
Most people who are familiar with computers and/or audio-visual peripherals are also familiar with the different types of display interfaces that are used to connect the two, such as HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA, DVI etc. Depending on the technology behind the interfaces, the output can range from anywhere between grainy standard definition to super crisp 4K resolution. Up until now, this hadn't been a problem, since the existing formats were more than capable of handling top quality footage.
But now that we are gradually moving past 4K and onto bigger and better resolutions, these ports also require an upgrade to keep up with the quality of the content. Making this happen is the responsibility of VESA aka the Video Electronics Standards Association; a technical standards organization that is supported by over 225 companies in the computer manufacturing space. Recently, they announced the an upgrade to the existing format in the form of the new and improved DisplayPort 2.0 which is said to have three times the bandwidth capacity of the outgoing DisplayPort 1.4.
What this means is that this new type of port can support a max bandwidth of around 80GBPS, which is enough to host multiple displays at different resolutions, all the way up to 16K@60Hz. Some of the configurations you will be able to support via this port are:
Single display resolutions:
- One 16K (15360x8460) display @60Hz
- One 10K (10240x4320) display @60Hz
Dual display resolutions:
- Two 8K (7680x4320) displays @120Hz
- Two 4K (3840x2160) displays @144Hz
Triple display resolutions:
- Three 10K (10240x4320) displays @60Hz
- Three 4K (3840x2160) displays @90Hz
With 4K displays/TVs becoming commonplace, and 8K models making their entry into the market, this is the perfect time for this upgrade, as it will help users enjoy content in higher resolutions, with a wider colour gamut and improved refresh rates.
It should be noted that despite these benefits it will still take some time for the existing displays and monitors to be upgraded with this new tech, so don't expect to see any new products carrying this standard until at least next year. By that time, the HDMI 2.1 standard will also become quite common, and we hopefully will start getting ultra HD content in more volumes.