DisplayLink Connects 4K UHD Displays Using USB 3.0

4K via USB? Just PNP & OK

by Anton Shilov
01/09/2014 | 11:26 PM

DisplayLink, a provider of USB graphics technology, this week unveiled the DL-5500 USB 3.0 chipset with support for 4K resolutions. The DL-5500 is the first member of the DL-5000 family, enabling users to expand their desktop/notebook workspace to take advantage of the new ultra-high-definition monitors.


“4K over USB3 is here and it could not be easier to deploy,” said John Cummins, senior vice president sales and marketing of DisplayLink.

The new DL-5500 universal graphics adapter (UGA) chipset further expands DisplayLink's technology, enabling users to connect existing notebooks/tablets or desktops to 4K UHD screens using a single USB 3.0 plug-and-display bus-powered connection. The solution is uniquely designed to flexibly expand existing DisplayLink enabled docking stations and adapters while maintaining a simple single USB connection to the host.

"The 4K monitor market is fast taking shape and offers productivity workers an unparalleled experience for viewing statistical data, spreadsheets, and graphical data. We are really excited to lead the industry with UHD 4K graphics support with [our] portfolio. IT managers and CIO's want to future proof their investments. Products based on the DL-5500 allow them to add support for 4K monitors using existing and future notebooks [and] tablets as long as they have a USB port,” said Mr. Cummins.

The DisplayLink DL-5550 launch is accompanied by DisplayLink's proven software drivers with updates available from DisplayLink website.

"The easy way to 4K. 4K monitors have arrived and so have 4K USB docks and adapters with DisplayLink's latest chipsets. No special connectors or cables are needed.  Just a USB3 connection to a DL-5500 enabled dock or adapter that is connected to a 4K monitor; download the latest DisplayLink driver, and its ready-to-go.  A simple and easy way to get 4K," said Jon Peddie, the president of Jon Peddie Research.