The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) has announced the specifications for the Displayport 1.2 standard.
DP 1.2 offers twice the data rate of the previous iteration allowing high performance 3D, higher resolutions and colour depth and multiple monitor support using just one connector. It is also backwardly compatible with all DP 1.1 systems including existing cables and mini DP connectors.
Data transfer rates have been bumped from 10.8 to 21.6 Gbps (Gigabits per second) and multi streaming allows multiple independent audio and visual signals to be squirted down a single cable which is good news for anyone looking forward to 3D gaming.
The cables can also carry bi-directional USB 2.0 or Ethernet signals and could theoretically feed four 1920 x 1200 monitors from a single output.
"DisplayPort is a truly open, flexible, extensible multimedia interconnect standard that is ubiquitous in the PC, notebook and display markets and is rapidly gaining traction in consumer electronics applications," said Bill Lempesis, Vesa’s executive director. "DisplayPort Version v1.2 offers a complete set of benefits and capabilities that no other standard can provide. It is completely backward compatible and requires no new cables or other equipment, making it the standard of choice across the industry."
Vesa, which is a non-profit organisation of 150 voting members which sets standards for the consumer electronics industry, reckons that Displayport will eventually replace DVI and VGA, and will be used alongside HDMI in just about every bit of kit you'll buy in the near future.