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Apple Licensing Out Mini DisplayPort Spec For Free

Apple is offering free licenses to third parties interested in using and adapting the Mini DisplayPort spec into their future products. By doing so, they are hoping to open the doors for Apple product compatibility even more.

The Mini DisplayPort is a smaller version of the DisplayPort. Apple has officially announced that all of their future products will use the Mini DisplayPort spec. “Apple has already designed and shipped the 24″ LED Cinema Display that uses Mini DisplayPort as its sole connection, and Apple is hoping that other display, graphics card, and computer vendors will adopt Mini DisplayPort, making it a de facto standard, unlike Mini-VGA and Mini-DVI, which were essentially Apple-only,” Ars explains.

Apple explains: The Mini DisplayPort Connector is a small form factor connector designed to fully support the VESA DisplayPort protocol. It is particularly useful on systems where space is at a premium, such as portable computers or to support multiple connectors on reduced height add-in cards. The dimensional specifications of the plug and receptacle mating interface and a recommended PCB landing pad are available for download under the Mini DisplayPort Evaluation License. If you agree to the terms of the evaluation license, download the Mini DisplayPort Connector Dimensions.

Mini DisplayPort Connector Implementation License (No Fee)

If, after evaluation, you would like to obtain a license to develop or distribute plugs, receptacles or other devices implementing the Mini DisplayPort Connector, please download and print this Mini DisplayPort Implementation License, complete according to the attached checklist and mail two original signed Implementation License forms to the Software Licensing address on the checklist. Your license will become effective when signed by Apple.

Apple is hoping that by licensing out this spec for free, vendors will integrate it into their future products as well. This way, consumers will be able to hook up their Apple products to an HDTV made by Toshiba or Sony, given they used the Mini DisplayPort spec.

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