Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 10th Nov 2009 16:21 UTC
Multimedia, AV "The Video Electronics Standard Association officially issued its Mini DisplayPort standard Tuesday, based on the technology licensed from Apple. VESA said that all devices using the Mini DisplayPort connector must meet the specifications required by the DisplayPort 1.1a standard, and cables that support the standard must also meet specific electrical specifications. It's a formal confirmation of the news from earlier this year, when VESA announced the Mini DisplayPort connector would be included in the forthcoming DisplayPort 1.2 specification."
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RE: Why not use HDMI
by FellowConspirator on Wed 11th Nov 2009 13:39 UTC in reply to "Why not use HDMI"
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DP is different than HDMI, so it's like comparing apples to oranges. HDMI has licensing costs and contractual restrictions, DP is royalty-free and open to all. HDMI has 15% higher bandwidth, but isn't bi-directional whereas DP is fully bi-directional and the standard not only permits audio and video to go over DP, but also USB, etc. (so you can have a monitor with a USB hub connected using just the single DP cable). DP has a spec for internal connections between graphics engines, etc. There's more, but you get the idea.

HDMI is intended for high-end A/V, and DP is designed for computer components.

FWIW - neither is a good spec for video production.

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