We are pleased to introduce several additions to Plugable’s complete line of DisplayPort adapters today. As more systems and graphics cards hit the market with DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort, and Thunderbolt ports, a frequent question and challenge is how to connect DisplayPort outputs to existing HDMI, DVI or VGA capable monitors, TVs or projectors.
Our new adapters passively convert a Dual-Mode DisplayPort (DP++) signal to these other output types. They’re designed “adapter-style” with a cable that plugs into your existing DisplayPort port on your laptop or tablet, and then provides a female port for your existing VGA, DVI, or HDMI cable from the monitor to connect to.
Note that the DP++ feature must be supported by the source port. These Dual-Mode DisplayPort (DP++) pre-convert on the source side to make legacy digital outputs (HDMI, DVI) immediately available. So then adapters to different connector types can just provide simple pin conversion. Without DP++, the more complex “active” signal conversion must be on the adapters themselves, raising the cost. The set of adapters we’re launching today are all passive adapters. (The VGA adapters could be considered active based on certain criteria, but that’s a subject for another post.). And we continue to offer our popular existing active adapters which are more expensive but work with all DisplayPort ports (DP++ or not).
Our passive DisplayPort to HDMI adapters are capable of displaying a 4K resolution at a 30Hz refresh rate and 1080P resolutions and below at 60Hz, while also complying with the VESA DisplayPort 1.1 and HDMI 1.4 standards. Our [m]DPM-DVIF and [m]DPM-VGAF adapters are able to support resolutions up to 1920×1200 at a 60Hz refresh rate.
It is important to note again that our passive adapters require a Dual-Mode DisplayPort (DP++) port on your system’s video out ports or your graphics card. Many DP++ ports will have the DP++ symbol next to the port itself to illustrate that it is Dual-Mode capable. Please consult with your system’s manufacturer if you are unsure if your system supports DP++. Other than that, there are no additional power requirements or software and driver installations. With supported ports on either side, it’s just plug and play.