VESA, the Video Electronics Standards Association, came into being to solve some thorny compatibility problems in the computer display business. Over the years, the group has managed to create standards — and make them stick — in a variety of areas from resolutions to cable connectors to flat panel testing. One quiet standard is the FPMI: Flat Display Mounting Interface standard. This is the common denominator that has made it possible for those desktop arms that let you mount multiple LCDs on one stand.
Well, VESA now recognizes that flat panels have grown a bit larger than the desktop computer monitors, and the group is updating the FPMI standard as a result. Rather than have a single mount using four holes in a square pattern, the new standard includes different patterns that take into account the different chassis designs for various large HDTVs.
The consumer is the real winner here, because this may mean that you won’t be locked into mounting brackets that are unique to a brand and model of HDTV. Increased competition should mean more choices and lower prices.