Although the Digital Visual Interface (DVI) has continued to gain design wins in PCs and a handful of PC peripherals, High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) will find even more success in theConsumer Electronics (CE) market, according to In-Stat/MDR (http://www.instat.com). The high-tech market research firm expects that DVI-enableddevices will grow at a rapid 34.3% rate between 2003 and 2008. However, the annual growth rate of HDMI-enabled products will be a stratospheric 462.3% over the same period, though starting from amuch lower base point.
“Over the past year, DVI has continued to gain design wins in PCs, particularly consumer desktops, where sophisticated graphics cards are being designed into more mainstream PCs,” said Brian O’Rourke, a senior analyst with In-Stat/MDR. DVI has also had some success in the notebook PC space, where docking stations often sold with business models include DVI ports. DVI is also found in PC peripherals such as LCD PC monitors, where DVI is driven by increasing penetration of the PC market. Business projectors have also been increasing their inclusion of DVI, as have commercial plasma displays and signs. DVI has had some impact over the last few years in selected CE markets, particularly digital televisions and set top boxes. However, according to O’Rourke, “HDMI is really gaining ground in the CE market with its audio support and a smaller connector compared to the DVI spec.” It is in the process of overtaking DVI in CE products, including digital televisions, set top boxes and DVD players.
In-Stat/MDR has also found that:
— The HDMI standard is backed by several large CE vendors, including Sony, Philips, and Matsushita, which bodes well for its success in this segment.
— The transition from DVI to HDMI in CE began in 2004, and should accelerate significantly in 2005.
— HDMI will have a more difficult time in PCs and PC peripherals, where DVI is expected to remain popular. However, HDMI will have some impact in media-centric PCs that may attach to the home CE cluster.
— DVI will be in a majority of LCD monitors and business projectors by the end of 2008. Displays and signs is also a fast growing, though small market, for DVI.