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Analyst: DisplayPort devices to ship 400 million by 2014

Posted: 03 Nov 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:DisplayPort? display interface? data communication protocol?

According to In-Stat, DisplayPort device shipments will exceed 400 million in 2014. DisplayPort is a display interface that relies on packetized data transmission similar to other data communication protocols such as Ethernet, USB and PCIe.

DisplayPort consists of three separate but related standards: the external DisplayPort interface, as well as two internal interfacesembedded DisplayPort (eDP) used in mobile PCs and internal DisplayPort (iDP) used in digital TVs. The external DisplayPort interface primarily connects PCs to monitors. Introduced in 2008, eDP is designed to replace LVDS within mobile PCs and all-in-one desktop PCs. eDP received a major boost in December last year, when Intel and AMD announced that they were ending support for VGA and low-voltage differential signaling (LVDS), the primary competitors to DisplayPort and eDP in the PC market.

"Apple has been most aggressive in including DisplayPort-compatible connectors on desktop and mobile PCs in 2010 and 2011 through its adoption of the Thunderbolt port," stated Brian O'Rourke, research director at In-Stat. "PC monitor OEMs have been less aggressive, due to cost constraints, but Dell, HP and Apple have been among the leaders in DisplayPort adoption in monitors."

The research titled "DisplayPort: External DP, eDP and iDP Impact PC, CE and Mobile Markets" stated that in addition to its support of external DisplayPort, Apple has also supported eDP in its notebook PCs since last year. Additionally, first design-ins for internal DisplayPort have been pushed out from 2011-2012. In-Stat forecasted that internal DisplayPort will surpass a nine percent penetration of the total consumer electronics market in 2015 while external DisplayPort's main markets will be PCs and monitors.

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