The VESA group has rolled out its latest DisplayPort 1.2 that will double the data rate of the original, hitting an impressive 21.6Gbps that makes it more than capable of handling 3D, color depths higher than 24-bit and faster frame rates. To sweeten the deal, you will also be able to experience multi-streaming where a solitary cable is able to output a couple of 2,560 x 1,600 displays at full frame rate or a quartet of 1,920 x 1,200 screens simultaneously. If you decide to fly solo, then make sure your display can support a resolution of 3,840 x 2,400 pixels instead. In addition, the data channel that was introduced with DisplayPort was also given a boost as it now hits 720Mbps with DisplayPort 1.2, enabling it to run at full speed via the display cable. Nice to know that the 1.2 specification is fully backwards compatible with earlier devices alongside the Apple-sanctioned Mini DisplayPort connector, albeit the latter won’t be able to work with many 1.2-specific features. No word on when the updated standard will see action in the market though, but we guess the answer is pretty soon.
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