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Analog Display Technologies Being Phased Out

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Intel today said that it will work with AMD, Dell, Lenovo, Samsung and LG to completely phase out analog display technologies and transition the industry to digital interfaces such as HDMI as well as DisplayPort. It is about time, given the confusion of HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI and VGA that seem to be meeting on PCs that are being upgraded with new displays and/or graphics cards these days.

However, the transition will take some time and is not going to take place over night. Intel said that it plans on dropping VGA support in its platforms by 2015 and LVDS (low-voltage differential signaling technology) by 2013. AMD will be begin removing LVDS and VGA support in 2013 as well and expects to be VGA-free in 2015. VGA has been around for more than 20 years.    

The transition may take even longer for displays, as Intel noted that VGA ports will remain on back panels of monitors well beyond 2015. "Modern digital display interfaces like DisplayPort and HDMI enhance the consumer visual PC experience by immersing them with higher resolutions and deeper colors - all at lower power - to enhance battery life for laptops," said Eric Mentzer, Intel’s vice president of Strategy, Planning and Operations for the Visual and Parallel Computing Group. AMD's Eric Demers noted that the company believes DisplayPort 1.2 is the future for computer displays, while HDMI 1.4a and beyond will be focused on TV connectivity.

The VGA connector was originally designed by IBM in 1987. The standard supports display resolutions ranging from 640 x 400 pixels to 2048 x 1536 pixels.

Source: Intel

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    plznote , December 8, 2010 10:38 PM
    Did I read that right?
    Intel working with AMD?
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    Parsian , December 8, 2010 10:39 PM
    no!!!! yes!!!

    they should channel the analogy through DVI port or HDMI port, this way you can use analog through an adopter.

    Oh well, the only think i have anology is my Projector and its barely used, dont want to give it away for cheap sigh
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    teflon2287 , December 8, 2010 10:43 PM
    What is the advantage of DisplayPort over DVI anyway?
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    JOSHSKORN , December 8, 2010 10:47 PM
    They need to just phase out everything BUT HDMI. If they end support in 2015, devices will still be around for another 10 years (at least). Wish they'd start sooner.

    It's just as well. They need to focus on making HD technology more consistent. At least with analog, the picture just becomes more fuzzy instead of completely dropping out for a second or two with digital.
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    winner4455 , December 8, 2010 10:56 PM
    Time for bigger and better things.
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    wintermint , December 8, 2010 11:05 PM
    plznoteDid I read that right?Intel working with AMD?


    It's not uncommon for rival companies to work together if it will benefit them both.. o.o
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    dogman_1234 , December 8, 2010 11:09 PM
    Yes...Intel and AMD! Two great American companies, one purpose...innovation.
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    mister g , December 8, 2010 11:30 PM
    Aroud the same time that VGA support ends I expect to hear news that the mercury from the lamps of CRTs(and some old flat panels) to have poisoned some water supply somewhere in the world because of unsrupulous "recyclers".
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    FloKid , December 8, 2010 11:43 PM
    That will make Nintendo switch to hd...
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    lashabane , December 8, 2010 11:48 PM
    plznoteDid I read that right?Intel working with AMD?

    Yeah, it's getting chilly in here.
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    orionantares , December 8, 2010 11:50 PM
    teflon2287What is the advantage of DisplayPort over DVI anyway?


    Isn't it supposed to be similar to the advantage of HDMI over DVI?
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    mrmoo500 , December 9, 2010 12:02 AM
    orionantaresIsn't it supposed to be similar to the advantage of HDMI over DVI?

    What are those adavantages? HDMI is most certainly not better than DVI.
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    iamtheking123 , December 9, 2010 12:21 AM
    I like VGA. The cables are cheap, you get good quality, and it's easy to setup. None of this digital business where your computer tries to be clever in detecting the display and ends up screwing you over.

    *Viewed on a monitor connected to a 5850 via DVI
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    firemachine69 , December 9, 2010 1:25 AM
    How ironic... I just purchased an Asus 18.5" LCD this past week from staples for $65 (+$15 eco-fee... I know...), and all it had in the back was a VGA port. Frankly, I could maybe go up to dual 21" setup, which is still well-served by VGA.

    I also know of very few people interesting in purchasing a monitor over 22", dual or not. Consumers want cheap electronics (especially computers), not HD or big.

    P.S. finding that HDMI:VGA adapter for my 9600GT was a pain in the arse. :D 
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    burnley14 , December 9, 2010 2:18 AM
    I'd love for this change to happen. There's nothing worse than having to go buy overpriced display adapters and having your picture quality suffer for it. Make new standards that are more future-proof, such as HDMI. And universal, for that matter. HDMI is going to become to displays what USB has become for everything else electronic.
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    dEAne , December 9, 2010 4:51 AM
    Phasing them out will also help earth to cool down.
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    pandemonium_ctp , December 9, 2010 7:28 AM
    As long as backwards compatability isn't removed completely, fine. I plan on using my graphics CRT for a while yet (going on 10 years now).

    Moving forward is good. Screwing those with invested equipment from the past is bad.
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    kronos_cornelius , December 9, 2010 8:00 AM
    They should go with the hypertransport protocol. HDMI, and Display Port just reads like jet another networking standard in wikipedia. Why have video cable standards, if it is really just data going from A to B. I suspect the extra complexity is to support DHCP, which is a hassle for consumers, and do nothing to fight piracy.
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    shoelessinsight , December 9, 2010 1:10 PM
    teflon2287What is the advantage of DisplayPort over DVI anyway?


    The DisplayPort specification offers more bandwidth than current implementations of DVI or HDMI, which potentially translates to higher resolutions, greater color depth, and/or higher refresh rates.

    HDMI and DisplayPort support audio and video on the same cable, whereas DVI only supports video. Unlike HDMI, however, DisplayPort is royalty free.

    Finally, DisplayPort has the ability to transport multiple audio/video streams over the same cable, which means multiple monitors can theoretically be driven by a single port.
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    erikstarcher , December 9, 2010 8:10 PM
    shoelessinsightThe DisplayPort specification offers more bandwidth than current implementations of DVI or HDMI, which potentially translates to higher resolutions, greater color depth, and/or higher refresh rates.HDMI and DisplayPort support audio and video on the same cable, whereas DVI only supports video. Unlike HDMI, however, DisplayPort is royalty free.Finally, DisplayPort has the ability to transport multiple audio/video streams over the same cable, which means multiple monitors can theoretically be driven by a single port.

    You can also pass usb over the DisplayPort. That way only one cable needs to be connected between pc and monitor for video, audio, and usb.
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