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Cable Technology Feature Article

January 07, 2011

ICT-LANTO's DisplayPort Adapter Enabled with IDT PanelPort LinkXtend

By Calvin Azuri, TMCnet Contributor

The industry’s first DisplayPort-over-Ethernet adapter based on the IDT VLX1000 PanelPort LinkXtend device has been introduced by Integrated Device Technology (News - Alert) (IDT) and ICT-LANTO. DisplayPort signals over standard Ethernet cables are transmitted with this product. This is a perfect cost effective long distance cabling solution for projectors and digital signage applications.

Amplification, redrive capability, and signal reconditioning for extended cable links from computers to remote monitors, projectors, and digital signage are provided by the DisplayPort-based device, the IDT VLX1000 PanelPort LinkXtend. Jitter clean up and full link layer repeater functionality in a single chip is also provided for the first time with this device. Standard Ethernet cables are used to connect this device serially. Enterprise, small business and home environments are therefore offered a cost effective full HD digital display connectivity solution.

In a press release, Jerry Tsai, general manager of ICT-LANTO, said, “The IDT VLX1000 is an ideal device for use in this type of innovative DisplayPort interconnect adapter. DisplayPort is becoming a common digital display interface for PCs and monitors. As the adoption of DisplayPort increases, so will the need for long distance cabling solutions, which can be cost and performance prohibitive if customers wish to enable High Bit Rate connections”

Tsai added that the issue is solved by the use of inexpensive networking cables in the company’s new DisplayPort-to-RJ-45 adapter to transmit uncompressed DisplayPort digital display and audio data.

Up to four lanes with link rates of 2.7 Gbps for a total of 10.8 Gbps bandwidth are supported by the IDT VLX1000. Apart from offering full Hollywood content security, the device eliminates the need for bulky power converters.

In a statement, Ji Park, vice president and general manager of the Video and Display Operation at IDT said, “AMD, Dell, Intel Corporation, Lenovo (News - Alert), Samsung Electronics and LG Display recently announced intentions to accelerate adoption of scalable and lower power digital interfaces such as DisplayPort into the PC. Devices such as the IDT VLX1000 and other DisplayPort products from IDT will help to enable this transition.”

Park added that the overall ecosystem is broadened with adapters and translators from companies like ICT-LANTO that make use of the IDT DisplayPort solutions. The adoption of DisplayPort devices is also eased with these solutions.

Calvin Azuri is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Calvin’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jaclyn Allard