VESA today officially announced they've approved the DisplayPort 1.1 specification as an industry standard. DisplayPort is a new digital display interface standard mainly designed for computer displays and home theater systems.
DisplayPort 1.1 adds support for High Bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) version 1.3. HDCP support enables viewing of protected content from Blu-ray and HD-DVD optical media over DisplayPort 1.1 connections.
DisplayPort 1.1 provides for low voltage and low power operation, and enables improved interoperability and reduced EMI through its unique embedded clock architecture. Significant advantages over DVI and VGA include a small USB-sized connector with available latching, two-way display connectivity, optional audio support, higher performance than dual link DVI at 10.8 Gigabits per second, and a unique micro-packet architecture that enables new display features.
“The benefits of version 1.1 are significant, and will encourage adoption of DisplayPort in new generations of computers and consumer electronics equipment,” said Bill Lempesis, VESA executive director. “Our task groups and committees within VESA worked very hard to ensure that DisplayPort 1.1 satisfies the important objectives it is designed for, and as a result, this new version has widespread support among all the leading computer and consumer electronics suppliers.”
DisplayPort's main competitor is the HDMI standard. Major industry players like AMD, NVIDIA, Intel, Dell, Samsung, HP, Philips and Lenovo announced support for this standard.
The photo on the shows you how this new DisplayPort connector looks like. On the left side of the picture is a DisplayPort connector and next to it a DVI connector.