Intel's updated Thunderbolt 2 technology adds support for DisplayPort 1.2 in order to enable video streaming to a single Ultra HD monitor or dual QHD monitors. While Thunderbolt is targeted at the PC industry, there are a number of IC design firms looking at the potential of a stripped down version of DisplayPort called mobility DisplayPort (MyDP) for doing similar work - streaming video from a smartphone to HD displays.
A key advantage of DisplayPort is that it can be used for driving the video signal for internal screens as well as external screens and can efficiently drive high-resolution displays such as for the 2048x1536 pixel iPad.
Thunderbolt, which allows transfer speeds that exceed what is currently available with USB 3.0, was first introduced following a collaboration between Apple and Intel in early 2011, and is now found on all Apple computers save the Mac Pro tower.
Apple was first to market with Thunderbolt ports on MacBook Pro's back in February 2011 and one has to wonder if they'll be first again with Thunderbolt 2. With Apple updating their MacBook Pro line-up next week at their developer conference (WWDC), could Apple surprise us with new Thunderbolt 2 ports? If not, they're likely to be included in the next round of upgrades. But it sure would be nice to see Apple take the lead again.
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