Full HD over USB: Demo by DisplayLink connecting four 4K HD monitors
HDMI is more or less ubiquitous display interface in notebook computers, monitors, and modern televisions also in some of the smart phones. The well accepted HDMI interface lacks from ability to connect multiple monitors to single connector. DisplayPort is another equally good video display interface for high-definition content with no any drawbacks compared to HDMI but still have this extra feature of supporting multiple monitors connections. DisplayPort offers twice the throughput of HDMI supporting very-high-resolution displays. DisplayLink, a company specialised in designing semiconductor chips for high-resolution video interface could able to connect four 4K p60 Ultra HD Monitors via a single USB connection. This was demonstrated at Computex 2016 using their latest DL-6000 series Docking Chipset. The monitors are daisy chained and connected to the host via a single USB cable, which can be either USB Type-C or Standard-A.
To tell you why this is important, these days there is interesting trend of using multiple monitors by professionals who use computers most of the day. Few examples include people in the stock market, content creators, and gaming enthusiasts. This trend is growing where even ordinary notebook computer user would like to use an additional bigger display monitor to extend the display.
DL-6950 chipset was launched early this year and was displayed at consumer electronic show 2016 held in US. The DL-6950 provides capability for dual Ultra HD 4Kp60 monitors via both DisplayPort and HDMI 2.0 connections, Gigabit Ethernet, Audio and includes HDCP 2.2 support.
Quad 4K opens a totally new segment in workstation docking and provides flexibility for users to deploy a dock using our DL-6950 technology for Dual UHD 4K and then further add two more 4K displays as their needs and demands for increased productivity and a larger digital work-space grow, says DisplayLink.
DisplayLink now can support 8K pixels over both USB Type-C and USB Standard-A connectors with just a Gen 1 5Gbps link which helps in improving the performance and productivity of workstation.
In a separate announcement DisplayLink also said its docking stations and adapters work with Chrome OS Release 51 onwards in a plug and play way so that they work without a driver. DisplayLink planning to demo that at Interop Las Vegas Expo, between May 4th and May 5th. Also Chromebook and DisplayLink multi-head docking station enables multiple monitors.