DVI Adapter

The Digital Video Interface (more commonly known as DVI) is a video interface standard designed to maximize the visual quality of digital display devices such as flat panel LCD computer displays and digital projectors. In essence, with all the diverse technology available out there, DVI ensures that an image will look just as good on your LCD computer as it will on your digital projector. DVI is one of those technologies that was developed by consortium (in this case, the Digital Display Working Group (DDWG)), in order to standardize display technology. It essence, it will allow our displays to jump on the bandwagon and embrace the next great technology – digital.

Because DVI is a fairly new technology and people still operate with all kinds of equipment. How many people or businesses can you think of that still cling to huge outdated desktop personal computers or giant heavy monitors? Because some people and businesses like their old technology, or simply can’t afford to upgrade, doesn’t meant that they don’t deserve the newest and greatest technology. Luckily, these people do have the ability to use DVI – as long as they invest in a DVI adapter.

Common DVI adapters that can help convert your display to DVI include the DMS-59, and the mini-DVI from the renowned computing company Apple. The DMS-59 is a video only adapter. It is generally used for computer video cards. The DMS-59 DVI adapter provides two DVI connections on a single video card, and supports two DVI Dual Link digital channels or two VGA analog channels from a single connector. The adapter itself is four pins high and 15 pins wide, with a single pin missing from the top row, in a D-shaped shell, with thumbscrews. (Keep in mind that if you are trying to identify one of your adapters, and that description is not providing the necessary visual image, the keyword DMS-59 entered into an online image search engine will help you.) Not sure if you have or need a DMS-59? It is commonly used by ATI, NVIDIA, and Matrox for video cards sold in Lenovo Thinkcentres, Viglen Genies and Omninos, Dell, HP, and Sun computers.

The mini-DVI is a connector found on some Apple brand laptops and is a digital alternative to the mini-VGA connector. It’s called the mini-DVI adapter simply because its size falls between the regular DVI adapter and the extremely tiny micro-DVI. Though your laptop may still feature one of these connectors, Apple announced in 2008 that it would be phasing them out in favor of a different connector and/or DVI adapter. This decision and subsequent announcement possibly came due to the extreme criticism the mini-DVI was facing from the technology and computing world. Apple’s Mini-DVI to DVI-D cable did carry the analog signal coming from the mini-DVI port on the Apple computer. That meant that instead of buying a single mini-DVI cable from Apple and using a cheap DVI-to-VGA adapter when VGA output was needed, you must the frustrated user was forced to purchase a mini-DVI to VGA cable from Apple. Critics pointed out that Apple could easily have solved the problem if they would only provide a mini-DVI to DVI-I cable. After all, DVI’s intended purpose was always to ensure universal compatibility.

The physical connector is similar to Mini-VGA, but is differentiated by having four rows of pins arranged in two vertically-stacked slots rather than the two rows of pins in the Mini-VGA. (Remember, if you are not sure what you have or what you need, do an image search for the keyword mini-DVI on an internet search engine.) If you are wondering if you have or need a mini-DVI, it is found on the 12-inch PowerBook G4, Intel-based iMac, the MacBook Intel-based laptop, the Intel-based Xserve, and the 2009 Mac mini.

This DVI Adapter Review is Written/Updated on Aug 30th, 2009 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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