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CES 2009 - Wrap Up

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by , 01-14-2009 at 08:50 AM (2829 Views)

Tom Berry (bugbyte) and I talk about our closing thoughts on CES 2009. The main theme this year from CES is having all of your devices connected and having location aware content. The biggest challenge is going to be for device manufacturers and software developers to create products which will deliver this explosion of data in a way that users can consume it. These products must be aware of the users activity and location. For example, if you are sitting down you will consume and control data in a different way than you would if you were walking or driving a car. Our favorites from this year were Airbiquity's innovations, Intel SSD, and the hardware that Giantec is developing for themselves(here and here) and for Intel. We are also very excited about the possibilities that ICO's satellite system opens up.

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Updated 09-17-2009 at 04:24 PM by optikalefx

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Quote Originally Posted by Fiberoptic View Post
You can also have long cable runs up the DVI max length with no distortion. VGA is analog and susceptible to noise. This is eliminated with digital signaling.
i can see the point with regards to cable length, but VGA works with no problems up to about 5m, which is a realistic distance.

i think i need to see a 7 inch monitor running off DVI before i can comment. i believe there is a Xenarc model that does this, but requires quite an ugly external box. What's the quality like with this?
Quote Originally Posted by si_romin View Post
correct me if i'm wrong, but i don't know if there'd be a massive difference in picture quality using a DVI connection over a VGA connection on a 7 or 8 inch monitor. of course, with CCFL to LED there was a significant difference, especially on smaller screens. what kind of picture quality improvements could we expect from a DVI interface?
You can also have long cable runs up the DVI max length with no distortion. VGA is analog and susceptible to noise. This is eliminated with digital signaling.
I think the biggest advantage of DVI would be compatibility. I know on my motherboard I could add another monitor without any other upgrades as long as it's digital (DVI).

This is a quote from an old nvidia forum topic:

Nov 9 2007, 11:00 PM
DVI - information goes directly from your video card to your monitor. The color of each pixel on your monitor is calculated by your video card and then sent as digital information to your monitor so that no conversion is necessary. An LCD monitor simply reads this information and displays it directly

VGA - Information is converted from digital to [red,green,blue] format. Some accuracy and time is lost in this converstion. How much is lost depends on the monitor's conversion hardware.

Image Quality:

On a CRT monitor, there is no real image quality difference between DVI and VGA. This is because a CRT is natively based on the [red,green,blue] format for displaying each pixel.

On an LCD, you will notice a difference between the 2 formats if you look hard enough. Different LCDs will handle the conversion differently. You may start to see dithering, banding, "dancing pixels" and blander/incorrect colors when using vga on an LCD. The larger the LCD/resolution the more you will notice these differences.

DVI also has a faster data transfer rate, which means that the higher the resolution, the worse the input lag will be if you use VGA. This is very important if you play fast(twitch) shooter games.

Finally, VGA only contains the color information for your monitor's image. DVI includes more than that. That's why when you connect using DVI, you don't have to adjust your monitor's image position, phase, and clock corrections to sync. It contains exactly how/what your video card wants to display.

If you hook up your LCD with VGA, you will notice that several monitor adjustments become available were they were not under DVI. That is because DVI carries all the information your monitor needs to configure itself where as VGA does not.

There are many technical differences, but these are the ones that I could remember on the spot. If you have any more questions, feel free to ask.