Many of us do not even have 4K displays, but that does not stop the technology from evolving. The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) today announced DisplayPort 2.0, announcing the arrival of 16K displays in the coming years.
While the idea of a 16K monitor is almost ridiculous, bandwidth has risen from 32.4G to 80Gbps – allowing for a variety of new monitor configurations. Here are some of them:
Resolutions for a single display
– A 16K display (15360 × 8460) at 60 Hz and 30 bpp 4: 4: 4 HDR (with DSC)
Double display resolutions
– Two 8K displays (7680 × 4320) at 120 Hz and 30 bpp 4: 4: 4 HDR (with DSC)
– Two 4K screens (3840 × 2160) at 144 Hz and 24 bpp 4: 4: 4 (no compression)
Triple Screen Resolution
– Three 10K screens (10240 × 4320 ) at 60 Hz and 30 bpp 4: 4: 4 HDR (with DSC)
– Three 4K screens (3840 × 2160) at 90 Hz and 30 bpp 4: 4: 4 HDR (without compression)
Apart from ultra-high resolutions, you'll be able to play at super high frame rates in 4K. It is also likely to have a big impact on VR over the coming years, as current technology is far from our visual acuity.
DisplayPort 2.0 will use USB-C ports and work with Thunderbolt 3 technology. Although Thunderbolt is normally limited to 40 Gbps, it is a bidirectional connection. DisplayPort is a one-way street, allowing the full bandwidth of the 80 Gbps protocol to be used.
As with Thunderbolt 3, you need special cables to support the entire transmission bandwidth. At least, however, this means one connection type less. This means that a cable can simultaneously send data, video and power supplies. I am ready for USB-C.
You have to wait awhile to get the technology in your hands. The first DisplayPort 2.0 devices are not expected to be available before the end of 2020.
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Published June 26, 2019 – 23:31 UTC