DisplayPort with an FPGA

Do you love the Nexys Video? How could you not? In addition to being one of our new favorites for audiovisual applications, it can help solve a current dilemma.

Our friend Hamster worked on this project to configure DisplayPort with an FPGA that got picked up by Hackaday. Display technology has been involving rapidly, especially since LED panels became the standard instead of cathode ray tubes. As Al Williams says in his post, “Low end laptops have a million pixels, UHD (“4K”) displays have 8 millio,n and the latest Full Ultra HD (“8k”) displays have over 33 million pixels. Updating all those pixels takes a lot of bandwidth – to update a 4k display at 60 Hz refresh rates takes close to a gigabyte per second. 8 billion bits – that is a lot of bits!” This is why HDMI and DisplayPort technologies are replacing VGA and DVI ports — they’re more capable of handling the large amounts of data.

Check out Hamster’s project and let us know what you make of it!


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About Amber Mear

I was the Digilent blog editor, and now I'm a contributor. I love learning about wearables and writing about social issues in STEM. Outside of work, I can be found watching Netflix with my cat, working on an art project, or trying to find new, delicious local foods.

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