Originally Posted by AppleInsider
The Mini DisplayPort is a small form factor connector invented by Apple to fully support the VESA DisplayPort protocol
. Unlike the Mini-DVI and Micro-DVI connectors common on previous generation Apple products, the port is capable of driving resolutions up to 2560x1600, which is commonly used on 30-inch displays.
Based on what I have read, it behooves me that anybody would argue against its implementation, particularly that it was a means for Apple to control the medium, gouge the consumer or address its needs to fit in a smaller form factor.
Unless somebody can confirm differently, I would suggest that the new protocol is well worth consideration and implementation. For example:Advantages over DVI
Advantages compared to HDMI
- Based on micro-packet protocol.
- Allows easy expansion of the standard
- Allows multiple video streams over single physical connection (in a future version)
- Designed to support internal chip-to-chip communication
- Can drive display panels directly, eliminating control circuits and allowing for cheaper and slimmer displays
- Aimed to replace internal LVDS links in notebook panels with a unified link interface
- Supports both RGB and YCbCr encoding formats
- Auxiliary channel can be used for touch-panel data, USB links, camera, microphone, etc.
- Fewer lanes with embedded clock reduce RFI.
- Slimmer cables and a much smaller connector that doesn't require thumbscrews. Connector pins don't run the risk of bending if improperly handled.
- The DisplayPort connector is easier to connect when guided only by touch.
Disadvantages compared to HDMI
- DisplayPort does not require licensing or royalty payments as HDMI does
- Allows daisy-chaining of multiple displays
- No xvYCC color space support
- No Dolby TrueHD or DTS-HD Master Audio bitstream support
- No support for Consumer Electronics control signals
In addition, I understand that nearly 200 electronic companies form VESA and that a number of them have announced their intention to implement or support the protocol, i.e., AMD/ATI, Analogix, Apple, ASRock, ASUSTeK, Circuit Assembly, Dell, Genesis Microchip, Hewlett-Packard, Hosiden Corporation, Intel, Integrated Device Technology, Japan Aviation Electronics, Lenovo, Luxtera, Molex, NVIDIA, NXP Semiconductors, Palit Microsystems Palit, Parade Technologies, Philips, Quantum Data, Samsung, Sparkle Computer, Texas Instruments, and Tyco Electronics.
Again, I notice that the major dissenters in this forum are the same guys that continually dis Apple at every turn; protected in part by ignorance 'without prejudice'
I would hope that one would expand the points of advantages
as well, without emotions rhetoric, but with facts and a willingness to confirm any challenges.