Computer monitor history

Updated: 04/02/2019 by Computer Hope
Year Event
1964 The Uniscope 300 machine had a built-in CRT display. While not a true computer monitor, it was a precursor to CRT monitor technology.
1965 Touch screen technology was invented by E. A. Johnson in 1965.
1973 The Xerox Alto computer, released on March 1, 1973, included the first computer monitor. The monitor used CRT technology and had a monochrome display.
1975 The first resistive touch screen display was developed by George Samuel Hurst in 1975. However, it was not produced and used until 1982.
1976 The Apple I and Sol-20 computers were the first computers to have a built-in video output port, allowing for a computer monitor or video screen.
1977 LED display technology was developed by James P. Mitchell in 1977, but LED monitors were not readily available for purchase on the consumer market until about 30 years later.
1977 The Apple II, released in June 1977, allowed for color display on a CRT monitor.
1987 The first VGA monitor, the IBM 8513, was released by IBM in 1987.
1989 The SVGA standard for computer displays was officially defined by VESA in 1989.
late-1980s By the late 1980s, color CRT monitors were capable of a 1024 x 768 resolution display.
mid-1990s One of the first LCD monitors for desktop computers was the Eizo L66, manufactured and released by Eizo Nanao Technologies in the mid-1990s.
1997 Apple, IBM, and Viewsonic began developing color LCD monitors that offer comparable or better quality and resolution compared to CRT monitors.
1998 The Apple Studio Display was one of the earliest affordable, color LCD monitors for desktop computers, manufactured by Apple in 1998.
2003 LCD monitors outsold CRT monitors for the first time in 2003. By 2007, LCD monitors consistently outsold CRT monitors, and became the most popular type of computer monitor.
2006 The first interface-free, touch-based computer monitor was introduced at TED by Jeff Han in 2006.
2009 NEC was one of the first companies to manufacture LED monitors for desktop computers. Their first LED monitor, the MultiSync EA222WMe, was released in late 2009.
2010 AMD and Intel, with a handful of computer monitor manufacturers, announced they were phasing out support for VGA starting in December 2010.
2017 Touch screen LCD monitors started to become cheaper, more affordable for the average consumer in 2017. Prices for 20 to 22-inch touch screen monitors dropped below $500.

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