SAN JOSE, Calif. DisplayPort will supplant VGA and the emerging High Definition Multimedia Interface in PCs after 2010, and it may get significant use as an internal link in LCD-TVs and notebooks. But HDMI will retain the lion's share of external links on digitial TVs and other consumer gear.
That's the conclusion of a new report from market watcher iSuppli (El Segundo, Calif.). The report projects global shipments of DisplayPort-enabled equipment will grow to 263.3 million units by 2012, up from zero for the newly minted specification in 2007. For its part, HDMI-enabled equipment will grow to 772.8 million units in 2012, rising at a 32 percent compound annual rate from 193 million units in 2007.
"iSuppli believes that the DisplayPort interface standard will be the successor to the venerable VGA interface on PC monitors as well as desktop and notebook PCs," said Randy Lawson, senior analyst for digital TV and display electronics at iSuppli, in a prepared statement. "However, both DisplayPort and HDMI will see healthy unit growth in the PC equipment space as more consumers jump on board the convergence bandwagon at home."
DisplayPort has a separate opportunity as a low pin count internal link in notebooks and LCD TVs, Lawson added. He predicted more than 600 million mobile PCs and 550 million LCD-TVs will be shipped during the period of 2008 to 2011, but did not estimate what portion of them might adopt DisplayPort as an internal system-to-display link.