DisplayPort to Support Fiber Optic Cables

The industry's video display standards group, VESA, recently approved DisplayPort 1.1 as an industry standard. Now, a company called Luxtera has received the go-ahead from VESA to develop DisplayPort technologies using CMOS photonics. Luxtera is hoping that its development into the DisplayPort standard will help replace copper cables with optical ones as the medium for transferring high-bandwidth digital video signals. According to the press release: "High performance optical video interconnect based on Luxtera's CMOS Photonics technology is now possible with the addition of Hybrid Devices to the standard resulting in an improved visual user experience."

According to Luxtera, no other currently announced or available video standard offers the advantages of DisplayPort. "Optical technology, particularly single mode technology, can most effectively address the longer reach market needs for digital signage, projectors, imaging, quiet office and digital home and support much higher performance picture quality for the end user at both short and longer distances," said Eileen Robarge, group leader for the Luxtera DisplayPort task force. With the backing of Luxtera's technology and VESA's approval, DisplayPort seems to be on its way as the next major computer display standard.

News source: DailyTech

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TOSlink cables are low quality plastic cables, short distance and high loss of light.

high quality fibers are actually thinner than a strand of hair, and are of glass. and you can bend them but how much depends on the cable type and thickness, but bend or stress it too much and it breaks an dyou loose signal.

a Cat5 cables technically loose Cat5 classification the moment you step on it, bend it or put it thorugh a door, but it'll still work.

Hmmm... mount the end of the cable in a frame set to pan back and forth 1080 times as it moves up and down, and move up and down 60 times per second.... now you've got something fun!

consumers will have to understand that they CANNOT bend these cables like they used to vga, cat5 cables. They are made of glass like material that reflects light. Pretty exciting to see this finally making it though. It should be fast. We are relying on the speed of light after all