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DisplayPort coming in at the end of 2007
DisplayPort coming at the end of 2007

Several weeks ago, the upcoming DisplayPort standard reached a milestone 1.1, which adds support for HDCP. When DailyTech originally reported on DisplayPort, the initial reaction from the public was somewhat reserved, with some analysts already upset that another standard was introduced when HDMI was already "new" to the scene.

During its Analyst Day today, AMD announced details that it will be backing DisplayPort as a standard near the end of 2007. DisplayPort will be fully supported in 2008, along with other technologies such as DirectX 10 and HyperTransport 3.0.

AMD's DisplayPort backing is part of the AMD Fusion platformFusion, announced earlier this year, is the company's initiative to create a unified platform of ATI's IGP and AMD's CPU.

AMD and several other companies are backing DisplayPort, include: Dell, Genesis Microchip, HP, Intel, Lenovo, NVIDIA and Samsung Electronics. Additionally, the VESA DisplayPort task group is already ironing out the details for DisplayPort version 2.0 and is expected to be introduced sometime in 2007.

DisplayPort will not be compatible with DVI, UDI or HDMI and is geared specifically towards computer displays.

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Why can't there just be one format
By phatboye on 12/15/2006 1:13:35 AM , Rating: 2
HD DVD, Blue Ray. DVD+R, DVD-R, HDMI, DisplayPort & UDI.

I'm getting sick of this. Why don't they just come together and make one format that works with everything.

RE: Why can't there just be one format
By Howard on 12/15/2006 1:18:55 AM , Rating: 2
Sony likes doing its own thing. DVD+R and DVD-R isn't an issue anymore

As for HDMI... blame the people who can't connect multiple cables, and the RIAA/MPAA.

By therealnickdanger on 12/15/2006 8:44:11 AM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't just blame Sony... I really wouldn't blame anyone. There's big money to be made in setting standards. Every company wants to kick back and collect those royalty checks... Be grateful that there are competing formats, it gives consumers a choice at a lower price. Although we are still in the "early adopter" stage for most of this stuff. Survival of the fittest!

By Christopher1 on 12/17/2006 1:08:33 PM , Rating: 2
Blaming the people who can't connect multiple cables isn't the right thing this time. VGA, DVI, HDMI - all of them are one cable.

The real issue to everything going to HDMI is that the MPAA wants content control mechanisms so that people cannot rip HD-DVD's or copy the pictures.

By KashGarinn on 12/15/2006 4:15:41 AM , Rating: 5
Ah, they've left that up to the normal people of the world.. Wait for the hackers to give you the tools to use your product without limitations.. then all you have to do is rip the thing and you can use the "it's-bloody-mine-as-I-payed-for-it-so-I'll-use-it- any-way-I-like"-standard


RE: Why can't there just be one format
By ShizNet on 12/15/2006 8:42:50 AM , Rating: 2
good point.
what happend to UDI?
it hasn't been a year (alomst) when this was THE solution to all of this

or is it the same port with a new name? because companies to support it look the same to me

By KristopherKubicki on 12/15/2006 12:41:55 PM , Rating: 2
So UDI is actually a step down from HDMI. It's designed more as a replacement for DVI, whereas HDMI is designed more as a replacement for home theater interfaces. UDI is actually backwards compatible with both DVI and HDMI, and much cheaper to license.

DisplayPort, on the other hand, is a competing format with UDI and HDMI. I think the big thing is UDI can't do HDCP, while it's built into the DisplayPort and HDMI standard. UDI is more for machines that really have no reason to do any sort of HDCP transmission (think POS and business computers).

DisplayPort was kind of started to duck around the royalties of HDMI. However, since they decided to pick up the HDCP license, I don't really see how the format is going to be much cheaper.

sounds good
By R3MF on 12/15/2006 3:49:25 AM , Rating: 1
HDMI is really a replacement for the utterly redundant TV-out found on all graphics cards today.

I would be happy to see graphics cards in late 2007 have one DVI for legacy equipment, one display port for modern equipment, and TV connectivity provided by HDMI.

maybe by early 2009 you will be able to buy cards with two Display Ports and no DVI as the transition will have happened.

it would require that ATI and nVidia work in concert together with Intel to push the format, otherwise there will be chaos, as i believe their is a competing standard for next-gen PC connectivity.

RE: sounds good
By Master Kenobi on 12/15/2006 8:46:52 AM , Rating: 2
Well Intel has the balls to remove PATA support from their chipsets and motherboards, I wouldn't be surprised to see them remove the VGA port and stick in a DVI board on the board next.

RE: sounds good
By hubajube on 12/15/2006 6:42:14 PM , Rating: 2
Well Intel has the balls to remove PATA support from their chipsets and motherboards
Which board doesn't have PATA support?

RE: sounds good
By KristopherKubicki on 12/16/2006 8:35:29 AM , Rating: 2
Any Intel-brand motherboard made this year.

RE: sounds good
By protosv on 12/17/2006 1:17:12 PM , Rating: 2
AFAIK, Intel has removed PATA support from the ICH8 southbridge. However most motherboards will still support PATA133 through aftermarket controllers integrated into the board. PATA is still in far too widespread use in peripherals like DVD+-RW drives and the like to ditch it completely. I think PATA will have a longer slower death than AGP did (is still ongoing.)

RE: sounds good
By Christopher1 on 12/17/2006 1:11:29 PM , Rating: 2
What do you mean? Intel hasn't removed that yet, I can still get their newest motherboards with PATA connectors on them.

They ARE phasing out the old printer ports and serial ports, I haven't seen one motherboard with a printer port on it and serial is disappearing slowly.

It's about time for THOSE two techs, you can't even buy a non-USB printer anymore unless you are buying on the EXTREME high-end.

Plenty of standards for everyone!
By jon1003 on 12/15/2006 1:56:27 AM , Rating: 5
With all these "standards", does anyone else feel like there is no standard?

RE: Plenty of standards for everyone!
By InTheNameOfMyself on 12/15/2006 3:02:21 AM , Rating: 2
Yup, that`s the standard now. ;)

By AnnihilatorX on 12/15/2006 2:31:11 PM , Rating: 2
Well DisplayPort is supported by AMD, ATI, Intel, Nvidia
That's 100% of the computer display market

There's also Dell, IBM/Lenovo, HP etc

here we go again....
By UnFaZeD on 12/15/2006 1:09:52 AM , Rating: 2
just one that too much to ask?

RE: here we go again....
By Orpheus333 on 12/15/2006 1:46:05 AM , Rating: 2
If they didn't change it you could actually do things like *GASP* Not completely overhauling your computer setup to change monitors.

I'm pretty sure they know this...and its just about $$$$ for them.

RE: here we go again....
By ChugokuOtaku on 12/15/06, Rating: 0
RE: here we go again....
By Christopher1 on 12/17/2006 1:13:22 PM , Rating: 2
Apparently, some organizations think it is. It is about time that the United States government stepped in, made these people get together and agree on ONE form of output or copy protection, and told them "Sorry, it's been cracked? You're stuck with it until you update again in X years!"

RE: here we go again....
By carage on 12/18/2006 4:26:09 AM , Rating: 2
It is akin to buying a CPU, then hearing the manufacturer announce that they plan to change sockets next week.
What are you going to do with your new CPU and MB now? (Which you selected partly based on the belief that there is an upgrade path)
If only they could all agree on one standard and then ALSO agree to keep it for long time. (PCI perhaps)
Oh wait...then someone would say something like but that would hamper innovation and progress.

By Ajax9000 on 12/17/2006 9:23:09 PM , Rating: 2
From item:
DisplayPort will not be compatible with DVI, UDI or HDMI and is geared specifically towards computer displays.

From p.16 VESA DisplayPort Standard Version 1.0:
7) Architecture does not preclude legacy transmission support (e.g. DVI and LVDS) to and from DisplayPort components.

By hans007 on 12/15/06, Rating: -1
RE: .
By DigitalFreak on 12/15/2006 8:07:47 AM , Rating: 2
Yep. I should have one connector that I can use for my TV, computer monitor, etc. Oh wait, I did. It's called DVI.

RE: .
By Aikouka on 12/15/2006 8:13:16 AM , Rating: 2
DisplayPort will be compatible with DVI as well as the HDMI standard but is geared more towards computer displays.

Come again? :)

RE: .
By KristopherKubicki on 12/16/2006 8:39:42 AM , Rating: 2
This was incorrect on DailyTech's behalf. DisplayPort is not compatible with DVI or the two DVI-derivative interfaces (UDI and HDMI)

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