Intel and Apple work with PC, CE firms to develop Unified Display Interface (UDI)

“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.”

Full article here.

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  1. The big question everyone needs to ask is why? DVI is not that old and HDMI is not that old either. I’m sure it could be easy. Hmmmm.
    Oh, that’s right, Hollywood want to cut off any analog connection so you the consumer have no way of making your personal “legal” backup.

    If this had been going on in the late 70’s, there would never have been cassett recorders or the Video recorder.

    Someone needs to start screeming “Fair Use” and how will that law apply with this new connector.

    I can see it now, order a new ACME2000 to S-video adapter cable from Dr. Bott and plug it into my cable box to my old VCR or Tivo, ect. Turn it on and a red screen pops up. “Sorry, the FBI and Government can’t allow that connection. Sorry. Have a good day”.

    I hope not, but it sure looks that way.

  2. Let’s all go out and buy another F’ing overpriced adapter that does nothing more than the DVI & HDMI adapters out currently. Note to Steve- leave this sh*t off of your new computers. I already have spent way too much on ADC/DVI/SVGA/HDMI/S-Video/RCA/etc cables anyway.

  3. Calm down everyone….

    The reason this new connector is needed is that not enough forethought was put into DVI and HDMI. Of course it would have been a good idea to come up with a standard that could be used on a television and a computer monitor, but no one thought of it at the time. That’s all this is – keep your shorts on…..

    (Normally I don’t do the magic word thing, but this was too perfect – MW: lack; as in, lack of planning brought about the need for another new connector.)

  4. I believe FireWire was too easy to use. I’ve been waiting for years for a cheap easy replacement for all the patch cables behind my stereo. Imagine one cable between each component that handles both directions and video too.
    One small problem for Holywood, there was no copy protection built in. I’m sure they killed it or stalled it. About 4-5 years ago I read that Mashusta, not sure on the spelling, they are they parent company of many of the name brands we know, they had wanted to adopt Firewire as the new Stereo component and TV connection. Don’t know what happened.

  5. DreamTheEndless:

    What do you believe this new connection system will do that the second iteration of HDMI (yes, there is a second generation with higher bandwidth than the first generation) does not do other than add hardware support for certain copy protection (prevention?) schemes?

    The second generation of HDMI supports 1080p/60 and 7.1 sound in its raw (uncompressed) format.

    Will this new connector support digital cinema at 4096×2180 with 16 channels of sound?

    If not, then what is in it that HDMI does not support — again, other than hardware support for another needless copy protection scheme?

  6. Had to do a little looking. Here is the site I found over 6 years ago. They are the group incharge of using Firewire as a CE connector. Quite an impressive list of companies joined in. Unfortunatly it looks as if the site has not had an update since early 2004. Hmmm. Also, 6 years is a long time to take to put that connector on your TV and DVD player.
    Here is another web page that does a great job of explaining what Firewire could do with CE.
    Notice it was written back in 2000. Once again, what’s the holdup with moving forward.

  7. Backwards compatibility is BS. My HDTV that has DVI is hooked up to my cable box that has HDMI with…wait for it…component video cables. The cable company blames the TV and the TV manufacturer blanes the cable company. Evidently all these consortiums do is come up with specs that manufacturers then implement improperly.

    Not that I’m bitter or anything : )

    MW: “looked” as in “I’ve looked high and low for my receipt for my HDMI to DVI cable.”

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