“DisplayPort” — A Unified Standard for External Displays

The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) is in the process of finalizing a new standard for external displays that incorporates both video and audio in a thin cable. The “DisplayPort” standard could accelerate the development of handhelds and other small devices with audio/video output as the connection and cabling is much smaller than the DVI or VGA connectors and cables.

DisplayPort also incorporates some aspects of “trusted computing.” In this case, “trusted computing” refers to components that will only allow content to be transferred to them if it passes a Digital Rights Management (DRM) test.

Both ATI and nVidia are involved in the development of DisplayPort. The first DisplayPort product should be rolled out in early 2006.

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