updated 09:00 am EST, Tue November 10, 2009
VESA greenlights mDP
The VESA group today officially released Mini DisplayPort as a finalized standard. Known for short as mDP, the Apple-developed connector can now be used by other companies to attach displays with the expectation that they will meet all the DisplayPort 1.1a specs. It's expected that mDP will find its way into notebooks beyond the MacBook line but also into video cards with many video outputs, such as the upcoming six-display Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity6 Edition.
The format continues to support adapters for translating the output to DVI, HDMI and VGA.
In the future, mDP will be rolled into the near-complete DisplayPort 1.2 standard, although its size leaves it uncertain as to whether it will get the 3D, 120Hz refresh rates or 2160p resolution of full-size DisplayPort connectors.