updated 10:55 am EDT, Wed April 4, 2007
DisplayPort to replace DVI
The VESA group has ratified a new standard which may end up replacing many video ports. Called DisplayPort, the technology supports twice the bandwidth of a DVI cable, but yet uses a much smaller connector piece, making it easier to use with portable devices such as laptops. It will further remain compatible with the HDCP standard, which allows a variety of electronics to pass DRM safeguards imposed on HD optical discs.
DisplayPort is likely to affect the computer industry the most, gradually replacing both DVI and VGA ports over the next few years. While it could in theory be used to replace HDMI on televisions, the entrenchment of HDMI and the longer timescales of TV ownership are likely to make DisplayPort an accompaniment rather than a new standard in that realm.