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VESA stands for the Video Electronic Standards Association. VESA is an international non-profit corporation led by a Board of Directors (founded in 1980s by NEC Home Electronics and several other manufacturers), which represents a voting membership of more than 140 corporate members worldwide. It supports and sets industry-wide interface standards for the PC, workstation, and consumer electronics industries.
VESA develops stands for the display and display interface industries. It has defined many standards including the Display Data Channel (DDC) and Extended Display Identification Data (EDID). VESA is also behind the digital video interface standard DisplayPort.
VESA was first formed with the task of creating a standard for 800x600 SVGA resolution video displays.
The Video Electronic Standards Association is often subjected to criticism for charging a high price for published standards, which have prevented the propagation of the supposed open standards.