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A Short and Handy Guide to DVI Cables and DVI Connectors

Although in the home theatre the digital video interface was taken over by the HDMI in a matter of time, yet it is still in existence very much around. The issue with this fact is that various types of DVI cables and connectors often represent nothing more but an incomprehensible interconnected chaos.

DVI: An Introduction

The original development of the Digital Visual Interface was implemented by the DDWFG or Digital Display Working Group in the year 1999. It brought with it a variety of DVI cables and connectors to transmit and support many signals that can be carried over a DVI interconnect.

But, it was just a matter of time when this whole new mayhem of interconnected messed up itself even to the further extent. Soon, then came into being a new digital interface that is closely associated with the DVI, the High Definition Multimedia Interface or the HDMI and it brought with it a whole new range of HDMI interconnects— HDMI to DVI cables, HDMI splitters, adaptors and HDMI connectors.

DVD players, digital cable and satellite set-top boxes, HDTVs, and home theater projectors, every one of these is the prime target for these digital connections. The new technological advancement behind these connectors let the direct digital connection between a digital source and the display device delivering you with the pixel for pixel accurate images on your display. And though HDMI was now deemed to the numero uno standard in the high definition video, DVI was still a very famous interface. By the year 2008, there were more than 100 million DVI-enabled devices all around. And according to a group of marketing intelligence research group, till the end of 2011, the shipment of DVI-enabled devices continued to rise, following which shipment began declining by 9.4 percent.

Hence, this means that although there is a dominant presence of HDMI, DVI-enabled devices are still standing their ground up in the present both in the home and industry and will stick around with us in the years to come.

DVI connectors

It is a 37 mm wide connector. There are two types of DYI connectors depending upon the kind of signal you need to carry:

  • DVI-Digital (DVI-D) supports digital displays only.
  • DVI-Integrated (DVI-I) supports both digital and analog displays.

Additionally, there is also analog-only DVI available which is termed as DVI-A. The connector has a 24-pin layout, but only 12 are implemented in a single link DVI interconnect.

How to Determine the Type of PrimeCables DVI Cable to Use?

When selecting your cables, keep these factors in mind:

  • You can use DVI-D or DVI-I if you have the DVI-D, keeping in mind that the female plug on your gear can bear extra pins on the DVI-I male connector.
  • You can use DVI-A or DVI-I cable if you have DVI-A. This is applicable only if the female gear can bear extra pins on the DVI-I Male connector.
  • If you have plugs that are DVI-I, they will accept any type of DVI cable.
  • If just in case you have the mismatched plugs like DVI-D and DVI-I or DVI-A and DVI-I, you can use any DVI-I cable. For instance, you can use DVI-D on DVI-I to DVI-D connection, but you cannot use DVI-A cable because you cannot match DVI-D connection with DVI-A only connection.

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