VESA's New Display Port Version Flares Up the Electronics Industry

By WPG AmericasMarch 29, 2016

After the last major update, a while back in September 2014, the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) officially published the future of enhanced digital and multi-media experience, the Display Port (DP) version 1.4 earlier this month. Since then, topping the technology news, the new breed Display Port standard version 1.4, is being considered as a significant technological advancement and a competent replacement for the currently used DP version 1.3. The version 1.4 Display Port that transports visually lossless audio and video quality, is VESA's one of many luminous innovations and expected to be adopted for producing high-end electronic products that demand premier sound and image quality.

Under the Hood of Display Port, Version 1.4

The version 1.4 of the Display Port, which is highly compatible with reversible connectors like the USB Type-C™ and ThunderBolt™ interface, is also ably supported by Multi Stream Transport (MST) that facilitates high resolution display on multiple monitors attached to a single display. Initially published as an external interface, the Display Port version 1.4 has within its parameters of flexibility fantastically adopted itself as an embedded display as well. Loaded with stunning features, the Display Port version 1.4 is turning out to be a compelling proposition for the electronics industry.

The version 1.4 of the Display Port, is the first of its kind of DP to incorporate VESA's Display Stream Compression (DSC), 1.2 transport. This newest variant of the Display Port, incorporated with VESA's pioneering DSC transport system that fluidly transports high quality lossless sound and video, is  expected to be a runaway hit with electronic companies riding high on high end digital and multimedia products.

A Display of VESA's High Performance Display Ports

Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA), has over the years, consistently delivered back to back high performance Display Port versions like the 1.2, 1.3 and now the 1.4. Based on high end digital protocol that is capable of generating dramatic digital display experience, VESA's Digital Port (DP) since its inception, has smoked out other technologies like the DVI, LVDS and VGA in a remarkably short time.

Version 1.3

With a four lane running link rate of 8.1 Gbps per lane and an increased bandwidth link up to 32 Gbps, the version 1.3 of the Display Port was more than just a passing resemblance of its predecessor, the version 1.2. The Display Port version 1.3, decked up with 50% increased running link rate and an exceptional protocol flexibility, is capable of supercharging the smooth operation of USB Type-C connector in the form of display port alt mode. In addition, the increased link rate of version 1.3, collaborating with VESA's coordinated video timing, provides a strong support point for both 5K X 3K (5120 X 2880) uncompressed display resolution and the enhanced MST resolution. The collaborated result allows for a simultaneous usage of two 4K UHD monitors, at the same time.

Version 1.4

The foundation of the 'dressed to impress' Display Port version 1.4 was laid in September 2014, when VESA officially published the previous version of 1.4, the Display Port version 1.3. Supported by video transport compression and backed by VESA'S cutting edge technology that facilitates High Dynamic Range (HDR) and 8K video streaming across the port and USB, the awe-inspiring version 1.4, packaged attractively with high-definition video and SuperSpeed USB, goes a long way in showcasing VESA's excellence and commitment towards the electronics industry.

The stunning 1.4 version of the Display Port, is power packed with spectacular features like the Forward Error Correction (FEC). FEC utilizes VESA's flagship technology, the Display Stream Compression (DSC) version 1.2 transport, to solve the transport error resiliency while transporting high quality compressed video to external displays.

The two other deadly features that fire up the version 1.4 are HDR Meta Transport and the Expanded Audio Transport. HDR Meta Transport, the technology that provides support to HDMI 2.0a, the future dynamic HDR standards and the current CTA 861.3 uses the intrinsic Display Port standard, the 'secondary data packet”. The other interesting feature of version 1.4, the Expanded Audio Transport, is a spec extension across 32 audio channels and all audio formats, with a sample rate of 1.3 KHz.

Significance and Industrial Adaptability of the Display Port Version 1.4

The significance of VESA's newly published Display Port (DP) version 1.4, is immense, because it promotes the utilization and implementation of stand-out technologies like the DP and DSC in fast growing digital television and automotive infotainment markets.

Senior R&D management executive of Smart Connectivity Group and VESA board chairman, in his speech, emphasized on growing consumer awareness about high quality digital experience and simplicity of managing multiple high resolution displays on a single interface.

Enhanced and enriched with HDR resolutions like 8Kp60Hz and 4Kp120Hz deep color, VESA'S Display Port version 1.4, indeed turns out to be a true manifestation of Mr. Kobayashi's idea of a spectacular digital experience.