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Enhanced Graphics Adapter

An IBM PC computer display standard from 1984 that superseded and exceeded the capabilities of the CGA standard introduced with the original IBM PC, and was itself superseded by the VGA standard in 1987.

The Enhanced Graphics Adapter (EGA) is an IBM PC computer display standard from 1984 that superseded and exceeded the capabilities of the CGA standard introduced with the original IBM PC and was itself superseded by the VGA standard in 1987.

EGA was introduced in October 1984 by IBM, shortly after (but not exclusively for) its new PC/AT.

The EGA standard was made obsolete by the introduction in 1987 of MCGA and VGA with the PS/2 computer line.

Shortly before the introduction of VGA, Genoa Systems introduced a half-size graphics card built around a proprietary chipset, which they called Super EGA (later cards supporting an extended version of the VGA were similarly named Super VGA). Also around that time, Byte Magazine reviewed various proprietary enhanced EGA adapters described with the term "EEGA".

Key Terms

capabilities
cga standard
ega
enhanced graphics adapter
ibm pc computer
october
original ibm pc
standard
vga
vga standard

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EGA

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Enhanced Graphics Adapter
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Last modified on May 8 2020
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