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AMD, Intel, PC builders plan to drop VGA by 2015

updated 02:40 pm EST, Wed December 8, 2010

VGA other analog outputs to be dropped by 2015

AMD, Dell, Intel, Lenovo, Samsung and LG on Wednesday said they plan on focusing on putting digital DisplayPort and HDMI connections into their computer products. They hope to drop analog VGA and LVDS connections in AMD- and Intel-based products by 2015, the chipmakers said. VGA technology is over 20 years old, uses up more power, and supports lower resolutions and less colors than the digital alternatives.

Intel will stop supporting LVDS in 2013 in its PC client processors and chipsets. AMD will remove native LVDS output from most of its products in 2013 as well, along with starting to phase out VGA outputs. No new AMD products will carry VGA by 2015, and DVI-I support will be gone from the range at the same time.

AMD CTO of the graphics division Eric Demers believed DisplayPort 1.2 is the future interface for PC monitors and HDMI 1.4a is the next step for TVs.
VGA will likely remain in place on other products as many current projectors and monitors have it. DisplayPort is backwards compatible with VGA and DVI thanks to adapters.

Samsung has been shipping notebooks with DisplayPort connections since March, and LG offers numerous LCDs with DisplayPort output.

Apple was one of the first to abandon VGA in its products, adopting first DVI and later the DisplayPort and derivative Mini DisplayPort standards for its notebooks and desktops. The basic DisplayPort standard was introduced in 2007, but many Macs and Cinema Displays by that point were already using only digital output.

Most Windows PC builders have been clinging to VGA to support legacy displays, especially in corporate environments where companies have often been hesitant or unable to update to modern screens and projectors.

by MacNN Staff



  1. LenE

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Why wait?

    Adapters are cheap. Space in devices is expensive.

    -- Len

  1. 001

    Joined: Dec 1969



    What next, are they gonna stop including floppy and optical drives?!

    Although, I’m surprised that other PC manufactures have stopped including serial and parallel ports…or have they?

  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Is going to kill HDMI.

  1. chas_m



    Another example

    of the maxim "if you want to see tomorrow's PC (or in this case, "what PCs will copy in three to five years,"), look at today's Macintosh."

  1. _Rick_V_

    Joined: Dec 1969


    LightPeak verses HDMI

    If you believe LightPeak will kill HDMI, I have a bridge to sell you.

    It take for-freaking-ever for new standards to be adopted. USB was a standard for ten years before it was broadly adopted (credit going to Apple). Yet, we STILL see serial and parallel ports on brand new PC's.

    I'd argue that the AV world moves even slower-- because unlike computers (which is kept about 5 or 6 years on average), people don't upgrade their TV's very often (about 10 years on average). HDMI is finally established itself and fills the need just fine. You will be hard pressed to convince people that they'll have to upgrade all their components the next time they buy a new TV.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Another example

    of the maxim "if you want to see tomorrow's PC (or in this case, "what PCs will copy in three to five years,"), look at today's Macintosh."

    And another maxim of "If you want a computer today that'll make all your existing hardware obsolete or require you to spend money to hook continue to use them, buy today's macintosh.

    It's always the cheering crowds of the Mac community who love to see their current hardware become unusable because Apple decided something is no longer needed.

    h***, if Apple came out with all new computers next year with just external light peak connectors, it won't be this crowd complaining they need to get new external hard drives, printers, scanners, or keyboards. Nope. They'll be cheering Apple for letting them spend even more money on all new stuff, because things will be so much better.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    And what's this c*** of informing customers and users ahead of time of their plans to drop older technologies? That's just lame. Don't they know consumers don't like to know ahead of time, so when they buy a product, they know what to look for to make sure it will still work in 5 years. Nah.

    They should follow the Apple way of "We'll change stuff when we want, not let the user know, and then let them complain about it while our fans drown them out for living in the past."

    You know, how they occasionally release a computer without a Firewire port, but we were told it's OK, because those that use firewire should be buying bigger computers anyway. Or you just need to buy a small adapter to hook up your monitor.

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