The new DisplayPort 2.0 will support 8K monitors
The new DisplayPort 2.0 will support 8K monitors. Image courtesy PC Magazine.

VESA has just announced a huge update for its DisplayPort PC display standard. DisplayPort 2.0 will now offer enough bandwidth to support 8K displays.

There have been growing demands for increased bandwidth. The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) looks to satisfy those demands with DisplayPort 2.0. Reportedly, the update will offer up to three times the bandwidth over the current version. And while it does support 8K monitors, the new DisplayPort PC display standard will offer higher refresh rates, HDR support at higher resolutions and improved support for multiple display set-ups. Additionally, it potentially could boost VR and AR displays.

Still functions over USB-C

In-line with most recent standard, version 2.0 functions over USB-C. Also, the standard DisplayPort connector works too. In total, the new standard is capable of delivering transfer speeds of up to 77.37 Gbps. That is triple the 25.92 Gbps that version 1.4 delivers. That makes this the first standard to support 8K resolution at 60 Hz refresh rate with full-color 4:4:4 resolution.

“DP 2.0 represents one of our most significant milestones in the history of DisplayPort, and is the culmination of several years’ effort and major enhancements to this ubiquitous standard,” said VESA Board Chair Alan Kobayashi.

When should we expect to see DisplayPort 2.0?

According to reports, it may still be a little while until we see DisplayPort 2.0 release in products. VESA says the first DisplayPort 2.0 products are expected to appear on the market by late 2020. So, we still have a little while to wait, but it’s a big step forward. This is the first major update since 2016. It was overdue for an update. That’s for sure.

Image courtesy PC Magazine

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