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Major Manufacturers to Drop VGA by 2015

Category: General News
Posted: December 9, 2010 12:07PM
Author: bp9801

In this editor's opinion, it has certainly been a long time coming with the news that major manufacturers have decided to drop support for the VGA connection by 2015. A syndicate of companies including AMD, Dell, Lenovo, LG, and Samsung announced today that all will drop support for the VGA connection by the year 2015, signaling the end of an era for the venerable connection type. The VGA connection has been around for over twenty years so its shortcomings are well noted, however the syndicate cited that DisplayPort and HDMI offer increased power efficiency, smaller size, and support for greater resolutions were the main reasons it decided to drop VGA. AMD plans to take the initial step by dropping support for VGA in 2013, as well as DVI-I and low voltage differential signaling technology (LVDS). The syndicate does say that since most monitors today still make use of VGA, the connection won't entirely die by 2015 but that most PC manufacturers are on board to drop it over time. I see this as a good step for displays and graphics cards of all types as the move to a pure digital output/input will be beneficial to everyone involved.



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medbor on December 10, 2010 05:01AM
"support for greater resolutions" what is that about? VGA is fine with 2048x1536@75Hz which gives 7.5Gbit/s. the maximum bitrate for HDMI is 2560x1600@60Hz which yeilds 7.8Gbit/s. That is a marginal difference at best, and there are so much more computers and screens using VGA. DisplayPort is a far better inferface thoug (especially since the last refresh), but it basically doesn't exist on the market (DisplayPort capable screens are both expensive and rare, just name one standard priced HDTV with DisplayPort capabilities). This was the most depressing news for a long time!

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