New DisplayLink Chip Supports Dual UltraHD Displays at 60P

DisplayLink was showing its DL-6950 chip which can support dual displays with UltraHD resolution and 60fps using the DisplayPort link in USB Type C. The company can also support that performance over HDMI 2.0 as well as supporting HDMI, HDCP2.2, gigabit ethernet and audio over Type C. The chip is also backwards compatible with existing DisplayLink USB Type A ports. The chip can also support 5K and 6K displays. In another demo, the firm showed how a 4KP60 monitor could be driven over WiGig. DisplayLink expects the DL-6950 to be in mass production dock products by Q3 2016.

DisplayLink has worked with HumanScale to develop a docking box for applications such as dealing rooms where there is a desire to support multiple displays. The dock is a sideways “U” shape, with the connectors that users might want to access, such as USB, are above the desk, while the connectors that IT would support such as power or networking would be under the surface.

DisplayLink HumanScaleDisplayLink has worked with HumanScale to develop this adaptor for trading rooms. Image:Meko Ltd

The company has been working on a wireless dock with Dell and said that the system (which will uses the current generation of DisplayLink chips) uses WiGig. When the new chip becomes available, the wireless docks should be able to support dual UltraHD displays over the wireless link. The firm told us that there is some competition within WiGig between Qualcomm (which bought Wilocity and uses a full TCP/IP stack) and Intel, which we heard elsewhere, is working on proprietary solutions, that don’t use a full stack.

Also on display was a new 802.11ac wireless dock from Toshiba which can support dual 1080P displays and which should be in the market “soon”.

The firm is seeing good adoption of its technology in ruggedised applications and both a rugged Dell Latitude notebook and a Panasonic Toughbook were being shown. Using USB reduces the number of connectors needed.

Finally, the firm said that support for the DisplayLink protocol is now included in a Ubuntu Linux distribution, which means that it can be used with existing docks.