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High Definition Wars Continue

Jimmy 2004

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Consumers are already torn between choosing Blu-ray and HD DVD for their high definition format, but that’s only the surface competition. If you dig a little deeper, you can find that there is another battle commencing between HDMI and DisplayPort, two different interface standards. Although HDMI seemed to the main choice among manufacturers, DisplayPort 1.1 has now been approved which could reignite the competition, giving yet more trouble for people moving to high definition. The main improvement of 1.1 is that it boasts High Bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) version 1.3, however groups backing HDMI still argue that HDMI can still do everything that DisplayPort can and more, urging manufacturers to stick to HDMI. But with the backing of large companies such as AMD, NVIDIA, HP, Lenovo and Samsung, DisplayPort won’t be defeated too easily, and consumers could have some more HD headaches still to come. DisplayPort could well become the replacement for DVI among graphics card companies, whilst HDMI looks to have control of the TV based market.

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sucks for HDMI; DP is cheaper for Intel and friends and boasts 2x the bandwidth. DP = Computers HDMI = Home Theatre. Convenient, though, as DVI, HDMI, and PD are electrically identical (ie same pinout, thus easy converter cables)


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First HDMI 1.0, then HDMI 1.3 and now DisplayPort. People is getting tired. I work at an electronics store as a salesman and some people doesn't even understand what is high definition. If the market continue like this people will stick to old technology because they don't understand the new technology. The world spin too fast I think.


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I think HDMI is fine and unless we go like 4800 P, HDMI has plenty of extra bandwidth for any current increase in the current resolution we should be pretty good for now. Display port is just another evolution by companies to get money, in my opinion. Nothing wrong with Display Port, if it works for pcs, hey, thats fine.


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More rival technologies/standards to complicate things, this can be added onto the other standards over the ages:
IEEE1394 vs USB2.0
PCI vs VesaLB
HD-DVD vs BlueRay
etc etc etc..