DisplayPort 1.0 approved by VESA

The Video Electronics Standards Association, also known as VESA, has approved
the DisplayPort 1.0 specification
. DisplayPort was created to
replace DVI and become a unified interface for
computer monitors, TVs, and projectors. Designed to carry a full,
uncompressed video stream with the accompanying audio, DisplayPort 1.0
offers up to 10.8 Gbps of bandwidth—more than twice the 4.95 Gbps
available with single-link DVI. Unlike DVI, DisplayPort also supports
content protection via 128-bit ASE encryption, and it is designed to be expandable to offer greater bandwidth in the future. Finally, VESA says DisplayPort devices
can offer “legacy compatibility” with DVI, although it isn’t specified
whether the DisplayPort standard itself is backwards-compatible with DVI.

Following DisplayPort’s formal introduction, VESA members Dell, HP, and
Lenovo announced
their support
for the new interface. Dell CTO Kevin Kettler says
DisplayPort can “enable more-affordable flat-panel displays, support
protected high-definition content, and scale performance to meet the
demands of next-generation displays by enabling new features and
usages.” Lenovo Senior VP and CTO George He also praised the standard’s
open nature, touting it as superior to proprietary
solutions—likely a jab at HDMI, which requires that royalties be
for each HDMI-equipped device sold. A timeline for the
integration of DisplayPort in the companies’ future products was not
specified, but the standard is claimed to be “designed to efficiently
accommodate” Windows Vista, which will allegedly support higher
resolutions and color depths than Windows XP.

Comments closed
    • Beomagi
    • 13 years ago

    bloody truth indeed.

    After I told my dad about sony’s rootkit, and told him NOT to buy the HD tv he was looking at because it wasn’t going to support the hdcp flag and he wont see what he wants would be in hdcp anyway, he’s boycotting sony. Granted other companies also released tv’s that dont support hdcp and this will screw over people with hd disc players that require it and the broadcast flag, but combined with the insult that people shouldn’t bother with the rootkit because they don’t know what it is, the ability to disable a hd-disc player remotely if it’s found playing illegitimate material or “anything it’s not suppossed to do”, being one the the big driving forces behind DRM, Infecting people with rootkits in the first place, setting higher prices on their blu-ray movie discs than they should be and continuing to sell TV’s that arn’t supporting hdcp – the very DRM they’re pushing,

    – my family is boycotting sony.


    • lyc
    • 13 years ago

    “Unlike DVI, DisplayPort also supports content protection via 128-bit ASE encryption”

    note to self: do not be stupid and fund this crap; if i’ve paid for a monitor i’ll watch whatever i damnwell please on it.

    • Trymor
    • 13 years ago


    Are the connectors going to work any better than HDMI connectors, and (GASP!) SATA (I know, not display) connectors?

    Composite connectors are solid. S-video connectors are less solid.

    DVI connectors are solid. HDMI connectors are not so solid.

    IDE connectors are solid. SATA connectors plain SUCK!

    Why the nasty trend of making less solid and reliable connectors when ne w technological signaling and cables are introduced? Is there a poll or petition somewhere we can use to complain to the standards creators?

    • Chrispy_
    • 13 years ago


    kthxbye. I just want to plug end A of cable into PC and end B of cable into screen. Why does DRM have to poke its head where it has no right to be?

    • Jigar
    • 13 years ago

    Higher resolution???? colour depth??? 32bit now 64 bit???? can some one explain me WTF is this ????

    • doctorwho
    • 13 years ago

    Great, so now I need a videocard that supports:

    DirectX 10
    DisplayPort 1.0

    For Vista and HD content to work.

    Right? Or am I missing something here?

    • Krogoth
    • 13 years ago

    ROFL, Dislayport 1.0 = computer verison of HDMI.

    • kfc
    • 13 years ago

    So is there any way for us to realistically fight DRM or are they just going to shove it up our ass with zero resistance?

      • Krogoth
      • 13 years ago

      Vote with your wallet. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      If hardly anybody is buying DRM-laced stuff, it will meet the same fate as DIVX (not the codec).

        • Vrock
        • 13 years ago

        And that’s about as realistic as Santa Claus.

          • Krogoth
          • 13 years ago

          It’s the bloody truth, althought MPAA will keep using the “OMFG ITS T3h PRIACY FAULT” scapegoat when HD-DVD and Blu-Ray sales are poor when some customers boycott them due to DRM concerns.

          Nobody is forcing average joe at gunpoint to get HD-DVD or Blu-Ray. If anything average joe will be annoyed when he cannot all the same stuff as his previous DVDs and it looks just about the same on his older TV set.

      • xxldirty
      • 13 years ago

      there should be resistance unless your ass is already well lubed ๐Ÿ˜€

      • l33t-g4m3r
      • 13 years ago

      the problem is the people, there are too many idiots who dont care.

      you know, the typical, fat, lazy, american slob who eats at mcdonalds for every meal and drives a huge SUV, even though he’s got =<1 kid.

      those americans probably wont REALLY care until gas hits 10$ a gallon, and likewise wont care about drm, until its got them by the b@lls.

      cause obviously if car companies thought SUVS wouldnt sell, they wouldnt make them, and same for DRM.

      it would take somebody with a public voice to get something done.

        • Krogoth
        • 13 years ago

        Those same SUV drivers are already starting to feel the pain at ~3.00 a galleon. It will simply got worse over time due to the increase demand from China, India and limited refinery capacity in USA.

          • l33t-g4m3r
          • 13 years ago

          some of them are, but its not enough, people still buy and drive suvs.
          most of the guys who can afford those monsters can afford the gas as it is now too.
          those things eat so much gas it affects the rest of us, supply and price wise.
          if there was a gas shortage, suv’s should be banned from the pump. imo.

            • crabjokeman
            • 13 years ago

            Some SUV’s are more efficient than older or high performance cars. Americans usually choose performance over economy, hence all the horsepower numbers in the ads.

            • Krogoth
            • 13 years ago

            It doesn’t seemed to be happening around my area. After Kantria caused shortage, I am seeing a subtle, steady decline of SUVs in favor of ecomony cars these days.

            GM is in the deep red and will get worse as their SUV sales are decling and have not taken the measures to go for efficent vehicles.

            • DukenukemX
            • 13 years ago

            Thought GM made the most efficient vehicles around today?

            • Shintai
            • 13 years ago

            I hope that was a joke ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • adisor19
    • 13 years ago

    Umm, did i just see a double post ?? what’s going on ?


    • albundy
    • 13 years ago

    to accomdate vista? WTF!!! wut if i dont wanna use vista? there are other os’s out there. osx x86 anyone?

      • tfp
      • 13 years ago

      *sniff sniff, waaaah*

      On a side note it is nice to know that this standard it will be getting major suport, with vista.

    • ShadowEyez
    • 13 years ago

    Lets hope they implement it sans DRM protection. It’s nice to finally have a combined computer, TV, and general A/V standard, but DRMing it down will lead to more incompatibilities, privacy and legal concerns from both companies and consumers, higher costs, workarounds, and more things just plain not working.

    And honestly, people expected all the tech bells and whistles: 10.8 giga-bit bandwidth, more color-depth, and highly scalable to large resolutions and screen sizes. Whadda you think they’d make – a new standard only for 15″ CRTs (maybe it’d support color, like TV’s in the 1950’s ;-)? Backwards compatibility will initially be important, but just like current vga-dvi converters did for CRTs -> LCDs, it won’t practically matter once products really start rolling out.


    BTW – did they mean 128-bit AES encryption? What is ASE?

    • Bauxite
    • 13 years ago

    Wheres the real advancement?

    Dual Link DVI according to those specs is 9.9 Gbps and has no sound. Another 0.9 Gbps, woo wee woopity do!
    BTW how much of that bandwidth is extra gravy DRM appeasement? HDCP retardation isn’t enough? (attn internet: cracknowplzthx)

    I personally hate HDMI but its important to note that it does have 2 channel sound and 10bit (12? whatever, its more than 8) color when used, and soon will have a ‘dual link’ equivalent actually supported in hardware.

    I though maybe they would *[

      • Sanctusx2
      • 13 years ago

      You broke my brain. I think you meant HDCP retardation. ๐Ÿ˜› I <3 DHCP.

        • Bauxite
        • 13 years ago

        Yup, I got hit with acronym buffer overflow (ABOOOOOOOOO)

          • crabjokeman
          • 13 years ago

          Superfluous X’s are essential when dealing with graphics technology, so throw a few of those in there.

      • albundy
      • 13 years ago

      is every ip retarded?

        • Bauxite
        • 13 years ago

        Just ones without gateways

      • R2P2
      • 13 years ago

      From what I’ve heard, HDMI already supports 5.1 audio, it’s just that companies haven’t (or at least hadn’t) been bothering to make things that output it, since you usually plug the HDMI cable into the input on a TV, and TVs usually only handle 2.0. I think they were waiting for receivers that could handle the audio and pass the video to the TV.

    • R2P2
    • 13 years ago


    • droopy1592
    • 13 years ago

    Bah, content protection. They can protect deez…

    • Anonymous Gerbll
    • 13 years ago

    DisplayPort or Unified Display Interface (UDI) ?

    Go Vote now!
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