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Intel And AMD To Phase Out VGA

Intel is partnering with fellow chip maker AMD and PC and laptop manufacturers to phase out Video Graphics Array (VGA) in favour of DisplayPort and High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI), within the next 5 years.

The companies have decided that the VGA port, that connects a computer to its screen, will no longer be supported by their products by 2015.

The reason for this is because DisplayPort and High-Definition Multimedia Interface result in slimmer laptop and computer design, as well as offer more depth and colour resolution than VGA, a technology that is over 20 years old.

Intel has announced its plans to remove support for low voltage differential signalling technology (LVDS) panel interface from its chip sets and processors by 2013, and will phase out VGA by 2015.

Eric Mentzer, Intel’s vice president of Strategy, Planning and Operations for the Visual and Parallel Computing Group, says: “Modern digital display interfaces like DisplayPort and HDMI enhance the consumer visual PC experience by immersing them with higher resolutions and deeper colours -- all at lower power -- to enhance battery life for laptops.”