What is DisplayPort, and why should you care?

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What is DisplayPort, and why should you care?

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Don’t feel too bad if you aren’t aware of what DisplayPort is because at the moment you can’t buy too many computers that support it. The computer industry faced a challenge: more and more people were buying flat screen monitors for their computers and wanted to hook them up simply and with a crystal clear picture. Old monitors used a connection called VGA, which is an analog connection. To get the picture from your computer to the monitor required a conversion from a digital signal (the output of the computer) to analog (which is what VGA uses to transmit the image to the monitor screen). Along with that conversion comes an inevitable image quality degradation. This didn’t pose too much of a problem before the dawn of cheap and plentiful HD video, but you and I are much pickier about our video quality now. We want it all, and we want it in HD, darn it! HDMI, which is found on HDTVs and stereo receivers (pictured, left), offers up many of the benefits that computer makers sought: the p

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