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New DisplayPort USB Type-C Alt. Mode Revealed

USB Type-C, DisplayPort compatibility expands user flexibility.

On the heels of the Video Electronics Standards Association’s (VESA) release of the new DisplayPort 1.3 spec comes word of a liaison between VESA and the USB 3.0 Promoter Group to publish the DisplayPort Alternate Mode (“Alt Mode”) on USB Type-C Standard.

DisplayPort Alt Mode will enable a USB Type-C connector and cable to deliver full DisplayPort audio/video (A/V) performance, driving monitor resolutions of 4K and beyond, SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.1) data, and up to 100 watts of power—over a single cable, VESA said.

The DisplayPort Alt Mode can also drive adapters that support the installed base of existing DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI, and VGA displays.

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