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Webinar: Creating the Huddle Room With Samsung and HARMAN

On Wed., October 24 at 1 p.m. EST, join this AVI-SPL webinar to learn about the solutions Samsung is creating with HARMAN to improve the productivity of business meetings, particularly those in the huddle room.

One of the realities of a global workforce is that your entire team can rarely gather on the fly in a single location. So Samsung and HARMAN have joined together to offer a revolutionary solution. Their audio/visual solutions for the huddle room offer best-in-class technology, ensuring collaborative and productive meetings — even if teams are spread out across multiple locations. These two global leaders have combined their experience to deliver crisp, clear video with the pristine audio necessary for unrestricted communication.

Register for “Creating the Huddle Room With Samsung and HARMAN”

About the presenter

Amanda Stanley has more than 10 years in the digital signage channel with top manufacturers and just celebrated two years at Samsung. Amanda’s enthusiasm for her work was recently recognized when she was awarded the “Brand Ambassador” Award at Samsung. She is a strong advocate for channel relationships and partner sales, and she enjoys sharing her knowledge and learning from others about the industry she advocates for.

Students, Teachers Interact and Share With Samsung Smart School Solution

At last week’s InfoComm 2012 event in Las Vegas, Samsung exhibited its Smart School solution.  A 65″ eBoard  works with both Windows-based PCs and Android operating systems, as well as the Samsung Galaxy Tab, allowing teachers to move freely around the room while giving interactive lessons. Teachers can also share specific student screens as well as interactive content like quizzes and polls. Watch the InfoComm presentation at the link above, and look at this demonstration of the Samsung Smart School solution in the classroom:


Samsung Video Wall at FIU School of International and Public Affairs


Video wall at FIU School of International and Public AffairsIn front of the auditorium entrance at Florida International University’s School of International and Public Affairs, AVI-SPL integrated the largest video wall on campus.  Sixteen Samsung commercial-grade 52-inch LCD’s rest in a  4-by-4 formation, delivering signals from any video or audio source being used inside the auditorium. A single image can be stretched across all 16 of those LCD’s, or multiple images can be displayed. Read more about this solution for FIU’s School of International and Public Affairs.

As VGA Comes to an End, HDMI and DisplayPort Bring On the Advantages

Recently, several major manufacturers announced the end of VGA (video graphics array) technology within their product line up. By 2015, VGA and low-voltage differential signaling, or LVDS, is expected to disappear from the PC industry landscape altogether. This includes product changes from AMD, Dell, Intel Corporation, Lenovo, Samsung Electronics LCD Business and LG Display, to name a few.

What Does This Mean For You, and Just What is VGA Anyway?

So just what does that mean for you, the end user? Let’s do a brief breakdown of the VGA technology and terminology, before venturing into what you can expect with these latest changes.

VGA connector technology is represented as a 15-pin device that’s typically been used for PCs and video cards, while laptops use a smaller, “mini” version to deliver analog RGBHV (red, green, blue, horizontal sync, vertical sync) video signals. In addition, VGAs have been used to carry Display Data Channel (DDC) protocols between a computer display and a graphics adapter. This allows for the adjustment of monitor conditions such as brightness and contrast.

The Beginning of the End

Just why is VGA becoming obsolete? Because as the “analog sunset” has arrived, digital solutions such as DisplayPort and High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) offer the advantages of more scalable solutions with lower power consumption required.

As nicely summarized in this Intel press release:

HDMI has increasingly been included in new PCs for easy connection to consumer electronics devices. DisplayPort is expected to become the single PC digital display output for embedded flat panels, PC monitors and projectors.

DisplayPort and HDMI allow for slimmer laptop designs, and support higher resolutions with deeper color than VGA — a technology that is more than 20 years old. Additionally, as laptops get smaller and their embedded flat panel resolutions increase for more immersive experiences, the power advantages, bi-directional communications and design efficiency benefits of DisplayPort make it a superior choice over LVDS, the previous standard for LCD panel inputs.

What’s Your Take?

How will these changes ultimately effect the AV industry? One senior design engineer and industry veteran notes: “This change has become the path for all new work interfacing computers and related equipment. It will mainly impact service and maintenance work.  As the technology changes, it may be more difficult to get components that will work with/in existing AV systems.” 

Tell us, what’s your take on the end of VGA?