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VESA releases updated DisplayPort “Alt Mode”

Video Electronics Standards Association – or VESA for short – has announced the specifications of DisplayPort Alt Mode 2.0, that enables all the latest capabilities of DisplayPort through a USB Type-C connector, including beyond-8K resolution and higher refresh rates, along with USB data delivery”.

On April 29 VESA announced that it has released version 2.0 of the DisplayPort Alternate Mode. The short explanation is that a USB Type-C connector will be able to utilise all the features of the DisplayPort 2.0 standard. In slightly more technical terms it means that a USB-C connector will be able to transmit up to 80 Gigabits per second (Gbps) of DisplayPort video data.

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“VESA’s updated DisplayPort Alt Mode spec includes a number of under-the-hood developments—including updates to interface discovery and configuration as well as power management—to ensure seamless integration with the USB4 specification,” said Craig Wiley VESA board member and DisplayPort Alt Mode sub-group leader. Craig also added that this major undertaking has been in the making for several years.

VESA anticipates that products with DisplayPort Alt Mode 2.0 will appear on the market during 2021.

KitGuru says: It will be nice to have “one cable to rule them all”. Hopefully the amount of cables needed in day-to-day life will continue to be reduced.

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