Today Plugable is launching our USB-C to DVI “Alt Mode” adapter, the most recent addition in our family of USB-C graphics adapter and peripherals. The new USBC-DVI adapter adds a DVI output port on compatible systems with USB Type C “DisplayPort Alternate Mode” or Thunderbolt™ 3 technology to connect to displays with a DVI input. Alongside our existing USB-C DisplayPort, HDMI 2.0, and VGA graphics adapters, we now offer a complete lineup of adapters to enable you to connect virtually any display to your USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 system.
USB Type C Alternate Mode provides a direct video line to the system’s graphics processor on supported systems, enabling an additional high performance graphics port with minimal expense. The USBC-DVI adapter supports resolutions up to 1920×1200@60Hz on monitors, TVs or projectors.
Some of the popular current systems that support DisplayPort Alt Mode are the Apple Retina MacBook 12″ (2015 and 2016), Google Chromebook Pixel (2015), Dell XPS 9350 and 9550 (13″ and 15″), Lenovo Thinkpad P50, Razer Blade Stealth, most Thunderbolt 3 systems, and 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-DVI product page as we update compatibility information as more systems are coming out and tested.
It is important to note that due to the unique way Apple MacBooks handle HDCP copy-protection certification, our adapter will likely yield undesirable performance if used with a legacy monitor that does not support HDCP over the DVI port along with a MacBook system, though most modern DVI monitors do support this feature. If you are unsure if your monitor supports HDCP, the monitor manufacturer is the best resource to confirm if this feature is present.
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