Plugable’s New USB Type-C to DisplayPort Adapter Cable Has Arrived

The USB 3.1 “Type-C” standard has introduced several new features not present in previous generations of USB. One of these capabilities that’s most interesting is the ability to negotiate “Alternate Modes” which — if both sides of the connection support the same mode and agree — can dedicate some of the physical wires in the USB-C cable for transmission of non-USB signals like video.

One of the most widely adopted Alternate Modes is one for transmitting DisplayPort. This enables the ability to carry a native video signal over USB, allowing an additional display to be connected by adding a simple, inexpensive adapter cable to the USB-C port on compatible systems. Today, we are excited to announce the release of Plugable’s new USB Type-C to DisplayPort adapter cable which harnesses this new “DisplayPort Alternate Mode” functionality in order to connect DisplayPort displays to your USB 3.1 Type-C system!USB Type-C to DispalyPort Adapter

USB-C Alternate Modes provide a direct pipeline to the system’s graphics processor, and our adapter allows the attached display to function optimally, with no additional software or drivers to install – just plug and play.

It’s important to note that there are many different USB 3.1 host implementations at this point, and many do not yet support Alt Mode functionality. A good thing is Intel has baked in support for “DisplayPort Alternate Mode” alongside Thunderbolt 3 in their Alpine Ridge and later chipsets. So most future systems based on Intel’s latest chipsets (6th gen and later) will have this baked in.

Some of the more popular current systems that support Alt Mode are the Apple Retina MacBook 12″ (2015 and 2016), Google Chromebook Pixel (2015), Dell XPS 9350 and 9550 (13″ and 15″), Lenovo Yoga 900 13″, and Razer Blade Stealth, with many more new systems to be released this year and beyond. We recommend checking with your system’s manufacturer regarding Alternate Mode capability via USB Type-C or on our USBC-DP product page as we update compatibility information as more systems are coming out and tested.

We’d love to answer any questions you have, just comment below. And thanks again for going out of your way for Plugable products!

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13 comments on “Plugable’s New USB Type-C to DisplayPort Adapter Cable Has Arrived”

  1. Stephen Price Reply

    No way to order in Australia? Again. This not ship to Australia thing has knobs on it. Its 2016 people, and Australia has package delivery now.

    • Bernie Thompson Bernie Thompson Reply

      Totally fair and point taken! We don’t have good distribution in Australia yet. Amazon hasn’t launched Marketplace there. Amazon.com Global shipping lags in taking up new products. And we lag a few weeks usually in listing on eBay (with their Pitney-Bowes based Global shipping solution). Glad to have the interest, and we’ll find ways to reach Australia better! Until then, check http://plugable.com/shops for options!

      • Matt Reply

        Hi, how is it going with the Australia thingy. I’ve just tried everywhere to get a TBT3-DP2X in Australia (or shipped to Australia) but with no luck. Your comment above is almost 3 months old, so it looks as if you’ve achieved nothing in this regard. How can we get your products shipped to Australia?

        • Gary Zeller Reply

          Hi Matt – Thanks for the interest and prompt! Unfortunately still no luck getting most of our recently launched products added to the “Amazon Global” program for international shipping. (Amazon has complete control over this designation, unfortunately.)

          Some customers have reported good results using Shop Mate freight forwarding to Australia: https://shopmate.auspost.com.au/

          In the meantime, we’re in the midst of updating our ebay offerings as well, so many of our newer products will be available there with an international shipping option over the next several weeks.

  2. John Reply

    So I am interested to buy a Dell XPS 15 laptop (the 4k model with touchscreen, 16gb ram, 512gb pci-e ssd, gtx 960m 2gb ddr4). As you at Plugable know, it has a thunderbolt 3 enabled USB-C port.

    I have a monitor that runs on 2560×1440 @144Hz. It support DisplayPort 1.2 as an input.

    I want to connect the two. Will it Be possible to Drive the monitor in 2560×1440 @144Hz (refresh rate is important to me) using this cable?

    If not, is it possible to Run a Game on the externallymonitor monitor in 1920×1080 @144Hz?

    I can’t find the answer anywhere and Dell customer support is not trying. Hope you do better!

    • David Washburn Reply

      Hi John, thanks for asking! Our cable is capable of a 600MHz pixel clock, which is sufficient to support a 2560×1440@144Hz resolution as well as a 1920×1080@144Hz resolution. Since we theoretically know that the cable is able to support these resolutions, it is ultimately the internal graphics processor of the XPS that determines if it can be achieved. In looking at the specifications for the XPS 15, we would expect the GTX 960M GPU to be capable, but unfortunately only Dell will be able to confirm this. We do offer a 30-day no hassle return policy via Amazon, so if Dell can’t or won’t clarify, the next best solution would be to purchase our cable and return it for a full refund if things don’t work as planned. Thanks!

  3. John Reply

    Thanks for your reply! Good to know your cable isnt gonna be the issue.

    • Ryan Reply

      Hello John,

      Did you end up trying the configuration and did it work? I am in the exact same predicament as you at the moment and it would help out a lot to know if this cable worked out with your 144hz 1440p monitor

    • David Washburn Reply

      Thanks for asking! Unfortunately, we do not offer a shorter version of our USBC-DP cable.

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