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New PC display port to ship in 2007

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 Priya Padmanabhan

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BANGALORE: A new display port, which will replace the traditional Digital Visual Interface (DVI), LVDS and Video Graphics Array (VGA) connectors, will be ready to ship commercially by 2007.

A standards association called the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) is pushing this standard called DisplayPort that enables more colors, better resolution and connections involving fewer cables. DisplayPort would also allow audio and video signals to travel on the same cable. It will be used in a variety of products like PC monitors, projectors and TV displays. It is expected to extend legacy support to DVI.

Speaking exclusively to CyberMedia News, Kevin Kettler, CTO, Dell Inc, said that his company had been a leading proponent of the new standard. “The electronics involved in the desktops and notebooks and flat panels are different. Though they have the same graphics engine and the same piece of glass, in between the interfaces are different. We realized that the interfaces were running out of steam and nearing the end of the technology lifecycle and they needed to go to high-density panels/displays and a new interface.”

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He said that though Dell had a choice of implementing the three standards separately, it decided on a single high quality interface. “We came up with the concept, and worked in the labs and also asked companies including competitor to join Dell to drive this as a display interface standard across the three display types.”

Dell then moved the standard to VESA, which was expected to drive this across the industry. “We have Silicon providers that have lined up to drive Silicon with DisplayPort. For me it is exciting because we conceptualized the technology, did the base level work around that and also formed the industry group and influenced the supply base to deliver it.

This next-gen DisplayPort would translate into better high-definition pictures, better interactivity between devices, plug and play capabilities and digital rights management.

Besides Dell, some of the companies supporting the standard include Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Nvidia, ATI, Royal Philips Electronics and Samsung Electronics.

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