The Video Electronics Standard Association officially issued the Mini Displayport standard today, which is based on technology licensed from Apple. The Mini DisplayPort is 10 percent the size of a full DVI connector.
VESA have informed all potential clients using the Mini DisplayPort interface that the connector must meet the specifica
tion required by the DisplayPort 1.1a standard and that any cabling must also meet strict electrical specifications. This is a formal notification of the news which was reported on earlier this year when VESA announced publically that the Mini DisplayPort connector would be included in the upcoming DisplayPort 1.2 specification.
For those of you who don’t already know, DisplayPort 1.2 is a new standard VESA are finalising that doubles the bandwidth capabilities of the interface to 21.6GB/s. It can support multiple screens via a single connector, which includes 3D displays as well as higher refresh rates and colour depths.
The Mini DisplayPort has been quite a success for inventor Apple as the small form factor connector fully supports the VESA Displayport Protocol. The benefits of this port when compared to the Micro DVI and Mini DVI interfaces are that the new connector can support native resolutions of 2560×1600 on 30 inch displays. I am actually writing this article on a Samsung Syncmaster XL 30 via a Macbook Pro 17 Gen 5.2 inch computer with an Apple Mini Displayport to DVI adapter at this resolution and it is flawless for display quality.
“Originally developed by Apple for their new generation of portable PCs, Mini DisplayPort is much smaller than DVI (Digital Vido Interface) or VGA connectors and enables full function display output on ultrathin notebooks and netbooks” said a spokesperson for VESA.