In the race to develop the first LCD panel that supports the new DisplayPort interface, the champion turns out to be none other than memory chip giant Samsung. After its approval by the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA), DisplayPort is said to be the successor to the DVI, LVDS, and eventually VGA interfaces.
As for Samsung’s first LCD panel to incorporate DisplayPort, it measures 30 inches and supports a total data rate of 10.8Gbps, which is twice the rate of contemporary display interfaces and thus allows the LCD panel to display a 2,560x1,600 pixel resolution image at 10 bits of color depth (1.07 billion colors) without any color smear. Such a feat is said to require at least three DVI or four LVDS interface chips. The development was a joint effort with Genesis Microchip Inc. of Santa Clara, California. Though we aren’t sure exactly when they will be available, mass production of the 30-inch panels will start in Q2 of 2008.