New USB Type-C connector and cable can also offer DisplayPort support
When products that use the recently finalized USB Type-C connector and cable start launching in smartphones, tablets and notebooks, they will also be able to support DisplayPort audio and video, thanks to a newly announced agreement between the USB 3.0 Promoter Group and the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA).
The new feature is being called the DisplayPort Alternate Mode, or Alt Mode. According to VESA:
The press release added that those cables and connections can also connect to a DisplayPort device using a reversible USB Type-C to DisplayPort converter cable. So far there's no word on exactly when the first USB Type-C products and cables will go on sale, but they are expected to become available sometime in early 2015. Do you think adding DisplayPort support to USB Type-C is a good idea?
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2. That's why the little green/orange indicator light is there...
I'd rather replace a cable than have to bring my phone in for repair, or DIY, the micro USB port when the internal pinset breaks. But hey, maybe that's just me.