News
News Categories

DisplayPort 2.0 cables will sport clear labels to avoid HDMI 2.1 confusion

By Kenny Yeo - on 2 Mar 2022, 9:56am

DisplayPort 2.0 cables will sport clear labels to avoid HDMI 2.1 confusion

VESA-certified DP40 and DP80 Ultra-high Bit Rate cables. (Image source: VESA)

VESA (Video Electronics Standard Association) has just announced its certification program for cables supporting DisplayPort's new UHBR (Ultra-High Bit Rate) data transfer rates supported by DisplayPort 2.0.

To recap, DisplayPort 2.0 was announced in mid-2019 and was designed to support ultra-high resolution monitors. Maximum bandwidth is up to 80Gbps which is almost three times what DisplayPort 1.4 is capable of.

For users this means support for up to 8K visuals at 60Hz on a single monitor with zero compression, or 16K images at 60Hz but with compression.

As part of this program, VESA is introducing new DP40 and DP80 UHBR cables. DP40 cables will support the UHBR10 standard of 10Gbps across four lanes for a maximum data transfer rate of 40Gbps.

DP80 cables, on the other hand, will support the UHBR20 standard, so that's 20Gbps across four lanes for a maximum data transfer rate of 80Gbps.

The impetus for this program is clear. VESA wants to avoid confusion among consumers about what cables they need to get their displays running at maximum capability.

This is an issue with the competing HDMI standard where we recently learned that not all devices/ports/cables that are branded as HDMI 2.1 will support features from the new specification.

And while this move should definitely be commended, it will be for naught if VESA doesn't mandate these labels. Because if left to their own devices, it's unlikely many cable makers would go to the trouble of printing extra labels on their cables.

Source: VESA via The Verge

Join HWZ's Telegram channel here and catch all the latest tech news!
Our articles may contain affiliate links. If you buy through these links, we may earn a small commission.