Major Manufacturers to Drop VGA by 2015

bp9801 - December 9, 2010 12:07PM in General News

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.