In a world where HDMI ports and VGA ports are increasingly popular, a new version of DisplayPort has been launched. DisplayPort 2.0 is another HDMI competitor mainly found in high-end monitors, dedicated graphic cards and other premium equipment.
DisplayPort 2.0 has been launched as a successor to DisplayPort 1.4a and comes with maximum bandwidth support of 77.4Gbps as compared to the previous version’s 25.92Gbps support. The latest version of the port supports 4K HDR resolution with a maximum refresh rate of 144Hz and a single 16K display at 60Hz.
Only a few monitors feature 16K display as of now and even 8K displays are rare. This means that DisplayPort 2.0 is future-proof. Vesa, the company behind DisplayPort has also provided backward compatibility in DP 2.0 so that the latest DisplayPort standard works well with the older technology.
Additionally, DP 2.0 includes support for visually lossless Display Stream Compression (DSC) with Forward Error Correction (FEC), HDR metadata transport, amongst other advanced features.
DisplayPort isn’t as popular as other audio/video standards as it is intended mainly for computers and monitors whereas popular port standards like HDMI and VGA are more entertainment-focused.
DisplayPort is quite popular in the gaming industry as it is required for displays that are compatible with Nvidia’s G-Sync technology.
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Whereas companies have to pay money to include HDMI ports in their devices, DisplayPort is royalty-free and can be used for free by OEMs.
With the release of DisplayPort 2.0 and the features it packs, we’re hoping that we’ll see more devices supporting it. However, DP 2.0 won’t be available in any hardware until late 2020.