VGA and DVI interface to be left behind in 5 years

By on January 22, 2012
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HDMI and DisplayPort to take over.

In a recent study by NPD In-Stat, some interesting predictions were made about the current display interfaces used for computers around the world. Right now the global market is dominated by the VGA and DVI ports. If you have a mid-range card or higher from the last year or two, all you’ll see are DVI and HDMI ports. More recently, high-end cards have just one DVI port with multiple combinations of HDMI and DisplayPorts.

According NPD In-Stat, both HDMI and DisplayPort interfaces will take over the ageing VGA (introduced in 1986) and the still young DVI (introduced in 1999) within the next 5 years. Both Intel and AMD will be dropping support for the old interfaces by 2015. After which motherboard and graphics card manufacturers will have to provide these old interface via converter cables (most likely) at their own expense, similar to how VGA-to-DVI adapters are bundled with some graphics cards.

“The DVI interface was developed and went through one minor upgrade cycle, but its road has now ended,” said Brian O’Rourke, research director at NPD In-Stat. ”HDMI and DisplayPort are being continuously upgraded and will replace the older interfaces going forward, especially as PCs, tablets and smartphones get thinner.

As HDMI and DisplayPorts, especially their ‘mini’ variants, are found in an increasing number of tablets and smartphones, NPD In-Stat predicts devices with these two display interfaces, along with DVI, to pass 2 billion by 2015.

Though DisplayPort and HDMI are different in nature and compete at a certain level, both can coexist and make significant strides in different market segments,” O’Rourke said. “DisplayPort is a digital, packet-based technology, making it a fit for PCs. HDMI is a mixed-signal, streaming technology, making it less optimal for PCs and more for consumer electronics,” he said.


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