VESA anoints Apple’s Mini DisplayPort as mDP standard

The New MacBookThe Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) today issued its Mini DisplayPort (mDP) Connector Standard, defining the new, small connector that supports the full range of power, signaling and protocol capabilities defined in the DisplayPort Standard Version 1, Revision 1a.

Originally developed by Apple for its new generation of portable PCs, Mini DisplayPort is much smaller than DVI (Digital Video Interface) or VGA connectors and enables full function display output on ultrathin notebooks and netbooks. Earlier this year, Apple agreed to license the mDP interface to VESA for inclusion in the DisplayPort standard.

Mini DisplayPort meets the need for a smaller form factor connector for devices such as thin portable computers and add-in cards with multiple display interfaces. The mDP connector can be used as an alternative to the standard DisplayPort connector defined in Version 1, Rev. 1a.

The mDP standard defines the mechanical dimensions of the mDP connector and the cable assemblies and adaptors that are supported. Devices using the mDP connector will meet all the electrical and protocol specifications required by DisplayPort 1.1a, and cable assemblies incorporating an mDP connector at either or both ends must meet the cable assembly electrical specifications required by the standard.

VESA is finalizing DisplayPort 1.2, which incorporates mDP and doubles available bandwidth to 21.6 Gb/second. The increased bandwidth enables new capabilities such as multi-monitor support via a single output connector, higher resolutions, refresh rates and color depths, along with high performance 3D displays.

The mDP standard can be downloaded free of charge from or

Source: VESA

[Attribution: Ars Technica. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lurker_PC” for the heads up.]


  1. Mini DisplayPort is MUCH smaller than a full-size display port. There’s no way they’d ever get a full-sized DisplayPort onto an iPhone or iPod.

    And WTF are you talking about with adapters? Wouldn’t you have the same problem if apple had switched to full-sized DisplayPort instead of mini DisplayPort? It’s not like you have a TV or monitor with a full-sized DisplayPort on it.

    Full-sized DisplayPort has not been adopted by the industry, that’s why Apple had this window to create something better (smaller) and had the foresight to make it an open standard, so when manufacturers do get around to making TVs and monitors with DisplayPort, they’ll choose Mini DisplayPort and you won’t need an adapter.

    I bet you were screaming “it’s a ploy!” when Apple went to all-USB way ahead of the rest of the computer industry. It’s no ploy, it’s just what Apple does…drag the computer industry forward kicking and screaming.

  2. If you are thinking of switching to a Mac, walk around your house and count the things that have these connectors on them. How many? NONE !

    Maybe DisplayPort (but never miniDisplayPort) will become common in the future, but by then you’ll be ready for a new computer. While Apple is living in a possible future, we can’t connect to anything because we live in the present.

  3. You really do believe that B.S you just vomited all over, How the hell can a new Standard that was just developed and released as a standard for free already be available on your devices.

    Of course all future devices from all manufactures will have the ability to add this “NEW” feature.

    Read this closely “FUTURE” Devices, From this point forward…

    I swear there should be an I.Q. test before people can post or even purchase a computer, but unfortunately even morons can have access to any technology, it’s all around….. 🙁

  4. Unfortunately, it seems as if companies almost have to give away these new technologies in order to get them adopted. I’m in ProAV and there are tons of products that still rely on VGA, simply because it’s the lowest common denominator. It’s way too expensive to drive digital signals over long distances most of the time. You have to have a real pressing need for the increased resolution to justify the staggering cost. Fiber is coming down and copper is going up, so hopefully everything will swing that way soon. HD/SD-SDI would be great if the consumer market would get on board, but I think that they blew it with big licensing fees. At this point, I don’t care what standard industry adopts, I just wish that they’d pick one and stick with it for more than 2 years.

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