HDMI killed the analog star

A number of industry heavyweights – including Intel, AMD, Dell, Lenovo, Samsung and LG – have agreed to significantly accelerate the adoption of DisplayPort and HDMI interfaces.

Indeed, by 2015, both Intel and AMD are unlikely to support analog display outputs such as Video Graphics Array (VGA) and the low voltage differential signaling technology (LVDS) panel.

According to Intel VP Eric Mentzer, DisplayPort and HDMI allow for slimmer laptop designs, while supporting higher resolutions with deeper color than VGA – an outdated technology that is now more than 20 years old. 

Additionally, as laptops become smaller and their embedded flat panel resolutions increase for more immersive experiences, the power advantages, bi-directional communications and design efficiency benefits of DisplayPort make it a superior choice over LVDS – the previous standard for LCD panel inputs.


“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 Mentzer.

“[So], by moving to these new interfaces, [we are] able to focus on new innovations to enhance the PC experience – rather than having to solve challenges of supporting legacy analog interfaces on our latest silicon process technology and products.”