|Release date||August 31, 1987|
|Predecessor||Video Graphics Array|
In the late 1980s, after the release of IBM's VGA, third-party manufacturers began making graphics cards based on its specifications with extended capabilities. As these cards grew in popularity they began to be referred to as "Super VGA."
Super VGA cards broke compatibility with the IBM VGA standard, requiring software developers to provide specific display drivers and implementations for each card their software could operate on.
Initially, the heavy restrictions this placed on software developers slowed the uptake of Super VGA cards, which motivated VESA to produce a unifying standard, the VESA BIOS Extensions, to provide a common software interface to all cards implementing the VBE specification.
The VBE standardized resolutions of 800×600, 1024×768 and 1280×1024 with 4- and 8-bit color depths. Eventually, graphics adapters under the Super VGA umbrella would support an innumerable quantity of modes.
SVGA uses a VGA connector, the same DE-15 as the original standard, and otherwise operates over the same cabling and interfaces as VGA.
Some early Super VGA manufacturers (in parentheses, some of their models, where available) were: