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Course 5: DisplayPort

Chapter 3: DisplayPort Availability

The current version of DisplayPort (1.1a) was approved on January 11, 2008. Over 160 companies have expressed support for this standard, including companies such as Dell, Hewlett-Packard, NVIDIA, AMD, Intel, and Texas Instruments. Many companies already have DisplayPort-enabled products in market circulation, and many more are expected to become available in the near future. All Apple computers (with the exception of the base model Macbook) currently feature a Mini DisplayPort connection for external monitor support, which is simply a miniaturized version of the existing DisplayPort interface.

Some examples of DisplayPort connections currently available include:

As with all technology, the adoption of DisplayPort into a wide variety of products will take some time. It has been predicted that 263.3 million units of DisplayPort enabled equipment will be shipped in the year 20121.

Aside from the growing number of computer monitors and video cards that currently feature the DisplayPort connector, other devices that require a video connection are also available, such as’s 2 Port USB DisplayPort KVM Switch.

1Merritt, Rick. "Report: DisplayPort wins in PCs, HDMI gets TVs." July 24, 2008. United Business Media LLC. 16 Sep 2009

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