Apple Involved in Next Gen PC to HDTV Connectivity

A group of PC and consumer electronic companies announced today that they are working on a specification for a new display-connector called UDI.

UDI stands for United Display Interface and is intended to serve as a next-generation digital display interface standard for PCs. It is expected to replace the old VGA analog standard connectors as well as providing compatibility with both the DVI and HDMI standards presently used in High Definition consumer products.

UDI will also support HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) which is also supported in the HDMI standard. The Special Interest Group includes a number of industry leaders, including Apple and Intel Corp.

According to this TG Daily article, UDI will be the graphical interface "for the next ten years" by providing added bandwidth at least twice the capability of the largest displays today.

The final specification is expected to be finalized in the second quarter of 2006.