You may remember back in April DisplayPort 1.1 was approved. This royalty-free direct competitor to DVI and HDMI is expected to obliterate the former and give the latter a real run for its money (at least on the computer side). For three months however all has been quiet... until this behemoth crashed into view:
The world's first first prototype DisplayPort 1.1 sporting LCD and, naturally, it is from Samsung and, naturally, it is something of a showcase.
The as yet unnamed monitor is a 30in monster with a huge WQXGA (2560 x 1600) native resolution, proportionately lightning-fast 6ms response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 nits brightness rating and huge 180 degree horizontal and vertical viewing angles. Furthermore, given that the DisplayPort interface can transmit graphics data at a total data rate of 10.8Gbps, Samsung has gone to town making the screen support 10bit colour depth – 1.07 billion colours – something that would require at least three DVI connections to match.
Sadly this wonder panel won't go into mass production until Q2 2008 so DVI gets a stay of execution and HDMI has time to step up its training for the long fight ahead. Best get ringside seats boys and girls, this bout looks set to be a humdinger.