VESA Announces DisplayPort Alt Mode 2.0

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VESA Announces DisplayPort Alt Mode 2.0
The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) has refreshed the DisplayPort Alt Mode that obtained introduced again in 2014 with a brand new customary it calls DisplayPort Alt Mode 2.0. Notably, DisplayPort Alt Mode 2.0 brings the options of DisplayPort 2.0 to USB 4 gadgets.

In different phrases, you’ll benefit from the perks of DisplayPort 2.0 akin to help for 8K 60Hz screens with HDR, 4K 144Hz screens with HDR, and even 16Ok (15360×8460) 60 Hz screens.

If you’ve been following up with USB 4 specs, you’re in all probability conscious that USB 4 presents a most pace of 40 Gbps and DisplayPort 2.0 goes as much as 80 Gbps. However, since USB 4 follows a bidirectional connection and the video doesn’t should be despatched in each methods for a monitor, DisplayPort Alt Mode 2.0 makes use of this nature to supply the identical speeds.

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“With DisplayPort Alt Mode, the USB-C connector can transmit up to 80 Gigabits per second (Gbps) of DisplayPort video data utilizing all four high-speed lanes in the cable, or up to 40 Gbps with simultaneous SuperSpeed USB data delivery”, says VESA in a press launch.

As AnandTech factors out, DisplayPort Alt Mode 2.0 doesn’t actually demand USB 4 controllers on each ends of the connection like DisplayPort 2.0, which brings in higher compatibility and a few cost-cutting measures.

“With the new DisplayPort Alt Mode 2.0 specification, USB Type-C now delivers compelling single-connector solutions for docking, gaming, AR/VR HMDs, and professional HDR displays that combine 80 Gbps of video bandwidth and other important features of DisplayPort 2.0 with the transport of USB data and power delivery,” says VESA board vice chairman Syed Athar Hussain.

VESA says the primary merchandise supporting DisplayPort Alt Mode 2.0 ought to be up for gross sales beginning in 2021.

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