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DisplayPort 1.3 Standard Updates

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

What is new in the DisplayPort 1.3 standard?

DisplayPort is the digital display interface developed by the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA).  It is an interface primarily used to connect a video source to a display device, like a computer monitor or a video wall.  The main feature addition in DisplayPort 1.3 was a 50% increase in bandwidth allowing support for up to 8K at 30Hz. Additionally, DisplayPort 1.3 added support for 4:2:0 sub-sampling like HDMI 2.0 and this provides the ability to support up to 8K at 60Hz 4:2:0. Other features carried over from DisplayPort 1.2 include Multi-Stream Transport or MST and this is the ability to daisy-chain several monitors together in order to be able to drive multiple monitors from a single output, which is a featured aimed at desktop applications, but has too many limitations to be considered a viable video wall feature.
Other features include 3D and audio including HD audio and finally DisplayPort dual mode also called DP++, which allows HDMI to be output from DisplayPort sources via passive HDMI to DisplayPort cable or adaptor. This will continue to be supported but at a reduced bandwidth, only 1080p max. HDCP 2.2 support was also added to stay on par with HDMI 2.0.



We have heard about the USB type C connector that is coming to DisplayPort.  What is it and what are the benefits?

Yes, another related announcement in the standard is the USB type C connector, which is a reversible connector.  This means that the plug doesn’t have to be oriented in one direction.  This may be familiar to those of you who are using the “Lightning” connector on the Apple® iPhone or iPad where you can plug it in to either direction, upside down or right side up.  The USB type C connector is similar. The main benefit of this new connector is not only does it support super speed USB, but through a feature called DisplayPort Alt Mode, it can also transmit DisplayPort video. And it can do this through a passive adaptor. We would expect laptops and other devices to start supporting the USB type C connector probably sometime in 2015.  There will be a variety of cables available, of course, that interface between the connector types.
Comparing the different versions of DisplayPort, how are the capabilities changing as the versions evolve?

Has been DisplayPort been widely adopted?

Since it’s introduction in 2006, we have seen DisplayPort gain popularity in the computer industry.  Predictions from IDC show that DisplayPort will be available on 95 percent of computer notebooks by 2014.  It is still most common as an interface on computers and related equipment and has had limited adoption in consumer devices and sources. OEMs and device makers ranging from Apple®, Microsoft®, Google®, Dell™, Lenovo ® are among VESA members that offer DisplayPort-only products.

Planar and Design Week Portland

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Planar is supporting the local chapter of the Society of Environment Graphic Design (SEGD) and Design Week Portland by sponsoring an exhibit in downtown Portland on October 7th. The event is entitled “Revolution in the Landscape: Re-experience Halprin’s Fountains.”

The tour of Lawrence Halprin’s Open Space Sequence begins at the Keller Fountain (SW 3rd and Clay) at 6:30 PM and extends through Pettygrove Park, Lovejoy Fountain, and the Source Fountain and is a free event for the design community in the region. We encourage people to engage with the community and look forward to more collaboration in the future.

Together with SEGD, Planar seeks to inspire designers who plan, design, and build experiences the connect people to place. To see examples of this in action, visit http://casestudies.planar.com/.

Planar Accelerates Adoption of Ultra HD with New 4K Displays

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

At InfoComm 2014, Planar announced it is expanding its 4K product offerings with new displays ranging in size from 28" to 98". The new displays, which will be showcased at the InfoComm 2014 tradeshow, include additions to two popular Planar product families—the Planar® UltraRes™ Series and Planar® EP-Series™.  Planar also unveiled its new Planar® IX-Series™ 4K desktop monitor. 

“Planar’s early and ongoing commitment to commercial 4K is reflected in this wide range of new models,” said Steve Seminario, senior director of product marketing at Planar Systems. “From desktop monitors to ultra-large format displays, our goal is to accelerate the adoption of ultra HD technology by making it accessible, affordable and well-tailored to commercial applications.”

With four times the resolution of full HD, Planar ultra HD displays deliver life-like picture quality and an immersive experience. Compatible with existing full HD and 4K sources, as well as the growing number of 4K devices coming to market, Planar 4K displays offer broad connectivity for both current and future use. All models also come with an energy-efficient architecture featuring a whisper-quiet, fan-less design made possible through LED backlighting and advanced power management.

Planar UltraRes 98"

With the Planar UltraRes 98" the company is expanding its award-winning Planar UltraRes Series line to include a large format 4K display in a size that supports large rooms by providing a seamless, single-display solution to applications previously requiring  a tiled video wall. Designed for resolution-rich commercial applications, the Planar UltraRes 98" combines 4K clarity with state-of-the-art design and performance. From conference rooms to training centers to public display applications, the immersive 98" display captures the attention of audiences from a wide range of viewing distances.  

Like the best-in-class Planar UltraRes 84", which Planar introduced in 2013, the Planar UltraRes 98" offers extensive connectivity options, including support for up to eight connected sources.  The Planar UltraRes 98” includes built-in UltraRes MediaPlex™ software, which allows multiple sources to be viewed simultaneously with the ability to upscale and downscale content to full screen or quadrants of the screen. With an installation depth less than four inches, the Planar Profile™ Mounting System makes the Planar UltraRes 98” compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements and ensures easy installation in any environment.

The Planar UltraRes Series now supports true 4K at up to 60Hz via HDMI 2.0, enabling smoother fast-motion video and mouse tracking, as well as compatibility with new and emerging 4K playback devices. “We choose Planar for many of our display needs,” said Jeff Hastings CEO of at BrightSign, the market leader in digital signage media players. “Planar has built a reputation as a premier commercial 4K display manufacturer in the industry, and is also proving to be a leader in the effort to support true 4K resolution at 60 frames per second, an important requirement for smooth video playback.”

Planar EP-Series 58" and 65"

Planar is also bringing 4K resolution to its popular Planar EP-Series line with the introduction of 58" and 65" models. The displays, built for mission-critical and extended use applications, are ideal for demanding 24x7 commercial operations such as airports and control rooms and as digital signage in a variety of settings including retail stores, hospitality settings and corporate lobbies.

The new 4K displays join the Planar EP-Series full HD 46" and 55" models, known for  high durability, stunning image performance and advanced commercial functionality. The ultra HD Planar EP-Series 58" and 65" displays come standard with an expansion slot that supports Intel’s Open Pluggable Specification (OPS) for digital signage, making them compatible with OPS devices such as media players and PCs. The new 4K displays support both landscape and portrait modes and include an ultra-slim, logo-free bezel to direct viewers’ attention to the display’s content. Planar EP-Series 4K displays are also available with integrated multi-touch technology for interactive 4K experiences.

Planar IX-Series 28"

Introducing 4K for desktop users, the Planar IX-Series features a 28" LCD monitor that offers an immersive 4K desktop experience for control room operators, architects, video editors, graphic designers, photographers and corporate desktop users. The new ultra HD desktop monitor line is available with dual and quad stand options and features Planar’s FlexFour™ software, allowing up to four distinct video sources to be viewed concurrently on the same monitor.

The Planar UltraRes 98”, Planar EP-Series 58” and 65” and Planar IX-Series 28” will be available through Planar’s global network of authorized resellers and will begin shipping in the third calendar quarter of 2014. Learn more about Planar’s new 4K products at www.planar.com/4K.

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