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Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) has announced that it is defining a micro-DisplayPort connector standard. Designed to be physically smaller than VESA’s existing DisplayPort and mini-DisplayPort connectors, the new micro-DisplayPort connector will target smartphones, tablets, ultra-thin notebooks and other mobile systems that require an extremely compact connector to drive external video displays.

The new micro-DisplayPort connector will be significantly smaller than the mini-DisplayPort connector, which already measures a rather svelte 5.4mm x 8.3mm. Designed to support data rates for future display bandwidths beyond today’s 4K resolutions, the micro-DisplayPort standard will define the mechanical and electrical specifications for the receptacle, plug, cable and docking connector.

“Market demand for slim, mobile systems is growing rapidly. Imagine sharing videos, photos, presentations and other visual content directly from your tablet or smartphone on a 4K-UHD display. An elegant, micro-sized video connector is essential to enable next-generation mobile systems to interact with the ever expanding array of external display options,” said Jim Hunkins, system architect of display technology for VESA member AMD, and Lead of VESA’s DisplayPort connectivity subgroup.

In evaluating various technical solutions, VESA will require backward compatibility with existing DisplayPort devices, as well as the ability to support anticipated future DisplayPort capabilities. One objective for the new micro-DisplayPort connector, which is undergoing discussion within the VESA working group assigned to this project, is to support the use of a passive cable with lengths up to 1.5m, without the use of repeaters or other active components. VESA expects to finalize the micro-DisplayPort standard by Q2 2014.

“As with other VESA standards, our goal for the micro-DisplayPort connector is to create a robust, extensible standard that can be widely adopted by the industry to develop attractive, cost-effective, and flawlessly interoperable products. We welcome technical input and proposals from both member and non-member companies worldwide as we continue the process of analyzing and defining this new connector standard,” said Craig Wiley, chairman of the VESA board of directors.

Tags: DisplayPort, 4K, Mini-DisplayPort

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