USB3.0 powered DisplayLink products coming in 2010

December 26, 2009, By Thomas Antony

Mimo DisplayLink

Right now, the most popular ways of connecting any device that uses video data is by HDMI, DVI, DisplayPort, and to a lesser extent, using D-SUB ( VGA ). But come next year, the most “universal” connectivity port, the USB itself, may give them a run for their money. The DisplayLink is a protocol with which monitors can receive video signals over USB.

DisplayLink is available currently but hasn’t become very popular due to the limited bandwidth offered by USB 2.0. With the introduction of the USB 3.0 standard next year, all this is set to change. The new iteration of USB offers more than a tenfold increase in bandwidth and hence should easily allow for high resolution video transfer. In fact, USB 3.0 will be the first USB-based protocol to support a legitimate high definition video stream. A prototype device is expected to go on display at the CES next month transferring video at a speed of nearly 4.8 gigabits per second.

With this new technology, at least in theory, you should able to hook up 30-inch displays to your laptop or netbook with nothing other than a USB cable. Of course your netbook would have to have a GPU with enough muscle to put out a high def stream, but otherwise, you would not need any extra hardware to connect external displays. Of course, hardware sporting USB 3.0 ports will only come later next year. You can expect DisplayLink supported devices in the second half of 2010.

Source: PC World

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