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Video Electronics Standards Association Completes First DisplayPort Plugtest, Successful Demonstration of Compliance and Interoperability

Posted January 2nd, 2007

Video Electronics Standards Association Completes First DisplayPort Plugtest, Successful Demonstration of Compliance and Interoperability

— DisplayPort Workshop Draws Industry Leaders Including Dell, Agilent, Genesis Microchip —

Milpitas, Calif., Jan. 2, 2007 – The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) completed its first DisplayPort™ plugtest as scheduled Dec. 14 at the Embassy Suites in Milpitas, Calif.

Agilent, Tektronix and Molex led the successful initial testing of cables, transmitters and receivers that comply with the DisplayPort standard. Three IC leaders — Analogix, Parade, and Genesis Microchip — had their DisplayPort IC interoperability verified. The results of the plugtest indicated that all tested products achieved the levels of interoperability that DisplayPort is designed to provide.

In addition to the plugtest, VESA held a comprehensive workshop covering a full range of topics on the DisplayPort interface standard, with presentations ranging from an update on Version 1.1 of the specification to compliance procedures. The workshop drew 28 different companies and a total of 65 attendees.

“The plugtest and workshop were both very successful. Our interoperability objectives were met, and the event featured a broad cross-section of our membership, including multiple chip vendors, connector vendors, and various test fixture sources,” said Bill Lempesis, VESA executive director. “This kind of support from across the spectrum of VESA member companies demonstrates the commitment to interoperability that we have developed for DisplayPort.”

DisplayPort Workshop Updates Members
The workshop brought VESA members the latest information on DisplayPort, which is designed to simplify display interfaces in computer and consumer electronics systems by creating a new digital display interface specification for broad application within computer monitors, TV displays, projectors, PCs and other content sources.

The program included the “DisplayPort Overview: Ideally,” and a review of DisplayPort Compliance Program flow from Dell. Genesis Microchip provided an update on DisplayPort Version 1.1 specification along with a review of interoperability guidelines, while Agilent presented a review of the PHY compliance specification. The workshop also included a discussion of DisplayPort’s ability to operate over an optical link, presented by Luxtera Corporation, and a presentation by Intel Corporation on high definition copy protection.

VESA Completes First DisplayPort Plugtest

DisplayPort’s Common Interface Approach
DisplayPort enables a common interface approach across both internal and external display connections, and allows high quality audio to be available to the display device over the same cable and the video signal. It delivers true plug-and-play with robust interoperability, and is cost-competitive with existing digital display interconnect. Designed to be available throughout the industry as an open, extensible standard, DisplayPort is expected to accelerate adoption of protected digital outputs on PCs to support viewing high definition and other types of protected content through an optional content protection capability, while enabling higher levels of display performance.

Last autumn, VESA identified leading third party test organizations for compliance testing of the DisplayPort interface standard, and the compliance specification was completed in October.

VESA selected four internationally-known organizations to manage the testing, including Allion Computer, Contech Research, ETC, and NTS.

Many VESA member companies have played important roles in establishing the DisplayPort specifications and compliance testing process, including Agilent, AMD, Analogix Semiconductor, Dell, Genesis Microchip, JAE Electronics, Molex, Parade Technologies, and Tektronix. Almost all of them were represented at the plugtest in December.

About VESA
The Video Electronics Standards Association is a worldwide organization with more than 150 member companies that promotes and develops timely, relevant, open display and display interface standards, ensuring interoperability, and encouraging innovation and market growth. For more information, visit http://www.vesa.org./.

For more information:
Joan White
VESA
408-957-9270