“A consortium of computing and consumer electronics companies have come together to create the successor to today’s DVI and yesterday’s VGA display connectors,” Tony Smith reports for The Channel Register. “The next-generation connector, dubbed the Unified Display Interface (UDI), will provide compatibility with DVI and the HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) currently favoured by HD TVs. The system will also support the HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) anti-piracy specification.”
“The upshot: a single port that can connect a PC device to any HD TV or monitor, allowing DVI, VGA and possibly even S-Video ports to be ditched from new machines. The timeframe for the technology: look to version 1.0 of the specification being published in Q2 2006,” Smith reports. “The UDI initiative is being led by Intel and its new best friend, Apple, along with Samsung, LG, Nat Semi and Silicon Image. The likes of Nvidia, Foxconn, JAE Electronics, THine Electronics and FCI are also contributing to the spec. However, they’ve got competition.” The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) has already begun work on DisplayPort [which] is backed by ATI, Samsung (again), Nvidia (again), Dell, HP, Molex and others.”
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