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DisplayPort v1.2 - the most comprehensive and Innovative Display Interface

DisplayPort v1.2 - the most comprehensive and Innovative Display Interface

DisplayPort V1.2 is an extension to the original DisplayPort standard offering many new benefits to the end user.


  • Double the data rate of the previous DisplayPort v1.1a standard (enabling higher performance 3D stereo displays, higher resolutions and color depths, and fastest refresh rates.
  • Multiple monitor support from a desktop or notebook computer using only one DisplayPort connector.
  • The ability to transport USB data between a PC and Display, supporting Display USB functions such as a webcam and USB hub.

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Backward compatible

DisplayPort v1.2 is backward compatible with existing DisplayPort v1.1a systems, including existing cables and the Mini DisplayPort connector. DisplayPort v1.2 increases performance by doubling the maximum data transfer rate from 10.8 Gbps to 21.6 Gbps, greatly increasing display resolution, color depths, refresh rates, and multiple display capabilities.

Supports Multistreaming

DisplayPort v1.2 supports “multi-streaming”—the ability to transport multiple independent uncompressed display and audio streams over a single cable, supporting protected content and high performance applications such as 3D gaming. This enables the use of multiple monitors connected by cable in a daisy chain or hub configuration. Whereas the current Display v1.1a standard can support one 2560 x 1600 monitor at 60Hz, DisplayPort v1.2 can support two such monitors with one cable, or four 1920 x 1200 monitors. Many other combinations are possible, including multiple video sources, multiple displays (even at different resolutions) and multiple audio speakers.

Supports USB and Ethernet

Another feature is the ability to support high-speed, bi-directional data transfer, allowing USB 2.0 or Ethernet data to be carried within a standard DisplayPort cable. For DisplayPort v1.2, the maximum data rate of this “AUX” channel has been increased from 1 Mbps (Mega-bit-per-second) to 720 Mbps, providing suitable bandwidth for USB 2.0. The DisplayPort cable can therefore support USB data to/from the display to support Display USB functions, in addition to sending the video and audio information. Standard Ethernet can also be transported in the DisplayPort cable.

Supports Audio

DisplayPort v1.2 also adds new audio enhancements including the following:

  • Audio Copy Protection and category codes.
  • High definition audio formats such as Dolby MAT, DTS HD, all Blu-Ray formats, and the DRA standard from China.
  • Synchronization assist between audio and video, multiple audio channels, and multiple audio sink devices using Global Time Code(GTC).

DisplayPort v1.2 also includes improved support for Full HD 3D Stereoscopic displays:

  • Life-like motion using up to 240 frames-per-second in full HD, providing 120 frames-per-second for each eye.
  • 3D Stereo transmission format support Field sequential, side by side, pixel interleaved, dual interface, and stacked.
  • 3D Stereo display capability declaration Mono, Stereo, 3D Glasses.

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