DisplayPort is commonly used for outputs on laptops (Apple has been using it exclusively for years) and multi-head video cards like the Matrox M series, but rarely do I see it used on monitor inputs. Most commonly, you just buy an adapter cable and convert it to whatever format you need at the far end (HDMI, DVI being most common). DisplayPort could have taken off had it come a little earlier. The prevalence of HDMI in consumer gear killed it though.
IPVMU Certified | 08/26/13 03:39pm
Like Ethan notes, my laptop has display port. Also, like Ethan notes, I have an HDMI adapter plugged into it and it irritated me that I had to buy one.
John, my exposure has been with Bosch. The new DivarIP 7000 has a display port for use as local monitor 2. Additionally some of the HP workstations that we have encountered use a display port as well. We plan ahead and spec the correct display port cable when we do our BOM's.
IPVMU Certified | 08/26/13 04:12pm
We've connected some monitors to add-in cards that had display ports, but had to use adapters to convert to HDMI to connect to the monitor.
Monitor manufacturer's don't seem to picking up too much on the connection.
It seems a shame that this is not catching on as it is royalty free and the ability to daisy-chain multiple HD monitors together would seem to a perfect fit for the surveillance market. Form my experience with HDMI, a spearate cable is needed for each individual monitor.
IPVMU Certified | 08/26/13 04:44pm
We use it all the time along with a DisplayPort to HDMI connector but the only reason we do is the new corporate standard PC (from HP) has display port instead of DVI or HDMI.
How does this work with DisplayPort?
This HDMI vs DisplayPort article says:
"A single DisplayPort interface can support up to four monitors at 1920-by-1200-pixel resolution each, or two monitors at 2560-by-1600-pixel resolution, with each display receiving independent audio and video streams. And since some GPUs can support multiple DisplayPort interfaces, you can daisy-chain compatible monitors to connect as many as six displays to one source."
It's daisy chained?
Displayport.org also references:
"While the daisy-chainable monitors are one way to achieve multiple displays, we next tell you about DisplayPort 1.2 multi-stream “hub” devices that will allow you to use the legacy monitors you may already own. These hub devices will also become available next year, and you will hear about them in our next post."
Are these hub devices available? Here's one review of a model from earlier this year.