DisplayLink Brings USB Multi-Display Connectivity to the Mac
DisplayLink has announced the availability of its USB network display technology for Mac OS X, allowing Intel-based Mac users to, for the first time, connect additional displays to their computers using USB 2.0.
USB multi-monitor capability expands a computer's work area freeing users to be more creative, productive, and to enjoy the full capabilities of their Mac. For example:
- Mac mini users can, for the first time, view their content on up to four displays.
- MacBook and MacBook Pro users can experience desktop convenience with the first ever USB graphics universal notebook docks.
- iMac and Mac Pro users can use DisplayLink-based products to expand their visual workspace by adding up to four additional displays with the ease of USB and with instantaneous mouse and keyboard response, 32-bit true-color graphics and DVD-quality video performance.
The DisplayLink solution is comprised of the new Mac OS-compatible Virtual Graphics Card (VGC) software along with Hardware Rendering Engine (HRE) network display chips that are embedded in display devices. Once a Mac user has installed the VGC software, they are able to use a variety of HRE-powered multi-monitor products including USB graphics adapters (UGAs), which connect a VGA or DVI display to a computer using USB; universal notebook docks and USB-connected displays. To date, these products are available worldwide from major consumer electronics manufacturers such as LG, Kensington, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba.
A beta version of the Mac VGC software is on display at Macworld 2008 (Jan. 15-18) at DisplayLink's booth. Kensington will also be showing the first DisplayLink-based docking station for Mac laptops at booth S-2308. The Mac VGC software will be generally available in March 2008.
The DisplayLink VGC software is compatible with both Tiger and Leopard versions of the Mac OS and takes full advantage of advanced OS features, including extending the Spaces feature across multiple displays.
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