VESA (Video Electronics Standards Association) has announced that they have issued specifications as part of the DisplayPort 1.1a standard for Apple’s Mini DisplayPort connectors. Apple developed the Mini Displayport connector themselves and first included them in their revised MacBooks and MacBook Pros, and 24″ LED Cinema Display that were released a year ago. Apple originally […]
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Apple's Mini DisplayPort Standard Approved by VESA

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VESA (Video Electronics Standards Association) has announced that they have issued specifications as part of the DisplayPort 1.1a standard for Apple’s Mini DisplayPort connectors. Apple developed the Mini Displayport connector themselves and first included them in their revised MacBooks and MacBook Pros, and 24″ LED Cinema Display that were released a year ago.

Apple originally offered the standard through their own no-fee license to encourage adoption. VESA soon stepped in, and announced they would be including the Mini DisplayPort specification in their next release of the DisplayPort standard.

Originally developed by Apple for its new generation of portable PCs, Mini DisplayPort is much smaller than DVI (Digital Video Interface) or VGA connectors and enables full function display output on ultrathin notebooks and netbooks. Earlier this year, Apple agreed to license the mDP interface to VESA for inclusion in the DisplayPort standard.

Also worth nothing, VESA has announced that they are finalizing the DisplayPort 1.2 standard. This new standard would double bandwidth to 21.6 Gb/sec, and will bring several other improvements.

VESA is finalizing DisplayPort 1.2, which incorporates mDP and doubles available bandwidth to 21.6 Gb/second. The increased bandwidth enables new capabilities such as multi-monitor support via a single output connector, higher resolutions, refresh rates and color depths, along with high performance 3D displays.

It is undeniable that Apple is angling for something here, but I’m not sure what the strategy is.

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