The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) says the organization has experienced tremendous growth in the number of computer displays adopting DisplayPort to deliver a better visual experience to users.

Over the last 12 months, computer displays making their way to market with DisplayPort have increased by 160%, reaching 78 displays from leading manufacturers such as Apple, Barco, Dell, Eizo Nanao, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Mitsubishi, NEC, Philips, Samsung and Sony, according to the VESA ( Fueling the growth is the display industry’s recognition and optimism for the consumer market adoption and market saturation of DisplayPort, which is driving chipset, device and component manufacturers to replace legacy interfaces with DisplayPort.

“The availability of streaming media and HD-quality broadcast content over the internet means many consumers now demand a TV-like experience on their computers,” says Bill Lempesis, executive director at VESA. “These trends are driving the transition to DisplayPort at an astounding rate. The momentum we have achieved over the last year shows that the industry views DisplayPort as the best interface equipped to deliver this experience on the computer. We expect to see this momentum escalate even faster as the display manufacturers begin to take advantage of DisplayPort’s advanced features.”

The DisplayPort is designed to work across the full line of computer components and also facilitates backwards compatibility with legacy interfaces including VGA, DVI and HDMI. DisplayPort enhances display performance by doubling of the maximum data transfer rate to 21.6 Gbps (Gigabits-per-second), and increasing display resolution, color depths and refresh rates.

In addition, DisplayPort now enables technology manufacturers to integrate advanced features such as: multiple monitor support through a single DisplayPort connector; support for high-speed, bi-directional data transfer; audio enhancements including Audio Copy Protection and support for High-Definition (HD) audio formats such as Dolby, MAT, DTS HD, all Blu-Ray formats, and China’s DRA standard; and improved support for Full HD 3D Stereoscopic displays.