Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) has revealed the biggest update to its DisplayPort PC display standard since it first appeared back in 2007. HDMI has been the mainstream connection type for monitors and TV’s in the past but DisplayPort (DP) has now become the premium alternative. It seems like the port will do well in the coming future. The new Display port 2.0 is expected to arrive in late 2020.

The specifications of this port include bandwidth support for 8K displays and more. This new bandwidth, at 80Gbps max, is nearly three times what was available in the previous DisplayPort 1.4 spec. It also means that you’ll be able to run a gaming monitor at 4K / 144Hz with HDR support, or two 8K displays at 120Hz with HDR. We all are enjoying 8K resolution content on our 8K screens but the VESA organization is thinking way ahead than the standard to greater resolutions and higher refresh rates, and DisplayPort 2.0 facilitates it all.

For single display resolution, VESA DisplayPort 2.0 can handle streams of 10K (10,240 x 4,320) and 16K (15,360 x 8,460) at 60 Hz at up to 30 bits per pixel (bpp) with HDR. For dual display resolution, Two 8K (7680×4320) displays @120Hz and 30 bpp 4:4:4 HDR (with DSC), Two 4K (3840×2160) displays @144Hz and 24 bpp 4:4:4 (no compression).

Triple display resolutions, Three 10K (10240×4320) displays @60Hz and 30 bpp 4:4:4 HDR (with DSC), Three 4K (3840×2160) displays @90Hz and 30 bpp 4:4:4 HDR (no compression). The new standard comes as the technology starts to move beyond 4K monitors. Apple recently announced its own 6K display while Dell has already been shipping an 8K monitor. DisplayPort 2.0 will now naturally go head-to-head with the HDMI 2.1 specification. It’s been made for some higher resolution monitors of future along with wider color gamuts and improved refresh rates.

The company will deliver its own standard over the DisplayPort connector or through USB-C. The company is also trying to install Intel’s Thunderbolt 3 technology, thanks to Intel making it royalty free. Due to the increase in the bandwidth, it introduces some of the cabling issues we’ve seen with Thunderbolt 3 previously.

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Although Thunderbolt 3 needs active cabling for bandwidth which means a more expensive cable with transceivers at each end. As we know that DisplayPort 2.0 is based on Thunderbolt 3 it should make it far easier for companies to create products and test them. VESA now expects the first displays with DisplayPort 2.0 to arrive late next year.

Last but not least the DP 2.0 list is a multi-stream transport which makes it far easier to chain displays together. Single DisplayPort 2.0 cables can handle multiple visual streams. At first, it sends them to the hub before distributing the streams to different displays.

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