For years, Video Graphics Array (VGA) has been the standard for connecting analog monitors to computers.
Times are changing.
Ever since the introduction of digital flat panel LCD monitors into the highly competitive video monitor marketplace, there was a push to develop a standard to effective carry component video out to the masses wanting to experience a better viewing experience of video or computer signals. Several early standards were proposed including Digital Flat Panel or DFP which is an early digital-only interface that suffered from resolution limits. Eventually, Digital Visual Interface or DVI emerged as the new interface for Digital flat panel LCD monitors and video cards.
One of the most confusing aspects of DVI is that there are actually three different types of cables and connectors.
Digital Only Signal or DVI-D or Digital Only Signal is the most common type. Almost all of today's DVI capable devices on the market use a DVI-D interface.
Integrated Analog and Digital or DVI-I cables and connectors offer the best of both worlds: a single cable and connector that can transmit both a digital and an analog signal. Since a DVI-I connector offers the most flexibility, video cards such as the ATI Radeon 8500 use this connector so that either a DVI digital screen or VGA monitor can be connected. In practice, DVI Analog-only cables are rare, and DVI Analog devices are non-existent.
Analog Only Signals or DVI-A uses a DVI style connector on a cable that sends an analog-only signal, which can be understood by analog VGA monitors. In a digital-only world, "DVI Analog" would make no sense. However, as with all new technologies, there needs to be way to connect to older equipment.
Mini-DVI connectors are capable of carrying DVI, VGA, or TV signals through the use of adapters, detected with EDID (Extended display identification data) via DDC (Display Data Channel). This connector is often used in place of a DVI connector in order to save physical space on devices. Mini-DVI does not support dual-link connections and hence cannot support resolutions higher than 1920 x 1200 at 60 Hz.
Don't forget these additionally issues: these signals come through single or dual link cables-primarily 8 versus 24 pins, most DVI digital devices have connectors that can accept dual link cables, a few plasma TVs that can only accept a single link cable and in DVI like anything else, an Analog signal will only talk to analog devices, and a Digital signal will only talk to digital devices.
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