All About Digital Video Interface-DVI

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Digital Video Interface or popularly called DVI is the technology used for maximizing the modem video graphic cards and flat panel LCD monitors. Earlier, the older flat panels used digital DFP format and short-lived P&D plugs and rerated display standard. The contemporary video card manufacturers popularly prefer DVI cables and almost all cards often include DVI output ports. Previously for a short period, the dvi cable in addition to standard computer interface was the digital transfer preference for HDTVs and other TVs, DVDs, and movies for high-end video display. Eventually, some top DVD players have used DVI outputs along with the analogue component videos. However, the contemporary market has settled on HDMI interface exclusively in computer marketing towards high definition media delivery.

The DVI cables are widely used for digital connection between computers and source video or video cards. The DVI-D gives clear and high-quality pictures in comparison to analogue because of the feature of the digital format. The video cards produce a video signal that is converted to an analogue signal in the VGA output. As the analogue signal reaches the monitor it again gets converted to a digital signal. The DVI-D directly eliminates the process of analogue conversion and further develops the connection between the source and display. In addition to DVI-D, DVI-A and DVI-I are also a popular form of connecting cables particularly for connecting a DVI computer to a VGA monitor in the case of DVI-A. The DVI-I is a more versatile form of connecting cable both in the analogue and digital situations.

The DVI analogue, as well as digital formats, are non-interchangeable leading to non-functional of DVI-D on an analogue system neither a DVI-A on a digital system. You will have to use a VGA to DVI-D electronic converter in order to connect a digital display to  an alogue source. Similarly, you will have to use a DVI-D to VGA converter in order to connect an analogue monitor to a digital output.

The manufacturer’s official DVI instruction indicates that the DVI must maintain the signal within 5 meters or 16 feet. However, many manufacturers put larger monitors and stronger cards further un-establishing the maximum level of length. There are many instances of usages of more than 25 feet long DVI cables through the maximum length mandates 5 meters or 16 feet. It is a matter of fact that going beyond the specifications and instructions of the manufacturer is subject to the uncertainty of functioning depending on the hardware.

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