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The ultra HD ecosystem grows a little bit more with new 4K-ready USB 3.0 to DisplayPort adapters

by on February 3, 2015
 

Stephan Jukic – February 03, 2015

Diamond Multimedia, which is a major provider of AMD Radeon GPUs and USB-based graphics devices, has recently announced that the arrival of a new USB 3.0 to DisplayPort graphics adapter which is designed to fully handle 4K ultra HD resolution and its intensive data transfer requirements. This device presents direct competition against similar 4K adapters from other brands.

The adapter, called the BVU5500, uses DisplayLink’s most recent DL-5500 internal chipset and has been designed to be maximally simple and easy to use, according to its manufacturer. It also supports Windows, 8.1, 8, 7 and versions of Mac OS ranging from 10.8 to 10.10.

The adapter features the latest DL-5500 chipset from DisplayLink and lets users connect their laptop, Ultrabook, tablet, Projector or PC 4K monitors together via a standard issue USB 3.0/2.0 cable that can also support resolutions of up to full ultra HD 4K of 3840 x 2160 pixels. However, there are no details on whether or not the unit can also handle “cinema grade” 4K at 4096 x 2160 pixels but this shouldn’t be a serious problem yet anyhow since this version of 4K is much less common than 3840 x 2160 UHD.

The BVU5500 can be used as a stand-alone unit or can also be combined with existing Displaylink enabled docking stations from Diamond Multimedia or other brands for the sake of joining together additional 4K screens and monitors.

Diamond Multimedia 4K-ready USB 3.0 to DisplayPort adapter

A visual representation of how the BVU5500 4K-ready adapter connects multiple screens and monitors

The company that makes the BVU5500, Diamond Mutimedia, has also released pricing and availability details. The adapter is available from the company’s own website and also from other online retailers like Amazon.com and Newegg. Current selling price: $69.91 with a one year warranty and customer support assistance.

Devices like the BVU5500 are a crucial part of the growing 4K device ecosystem and their importance will only grow as more laptops, PCs and Smart TVs with 4K screens need to quickly accept the 4K content being created by smartphones and cameras with 4K video filming resolutions.

Story by 4k.com

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