US company DisplayLink
has presented a new technology that allows monitors to be connected with the computer via USB
at Microsoft’s WinHEC
The monitors can thus be run on Windows XP and vista without additional graphics cards. The solution is "Plug and Play
"enabled and should be implemented in products by Samsung, Toshiba and Kensington amongst others.
DisplayLink chip for USB or wireless connection of LCD monitors
The chips are available now and are being delivered to partner companies, though no concrete products have been named as yet. However, Samsung
has already presented its first LCD with a USB at CeBIT; the SyncMaster 940UX
, together with Samsung's UbiSync technology, is available from July for €349.00.
With the aid of the DisplayLink software, a graphics card is emulated by the main processor, which then sends the image data to the monitor. As long as the technical demands are met in terms of computer power and bandwidth, several USB monitors
can be connected to the computer at once.
The drivers, which were only available for XP to date, are being converted for Vista and make it possible to use the "Aero" 3D surface on numerous screens, according to DisplayLink. In the standard scheme, up to six monitors can be run via one USB port. Furthermore, work is already being carried out on a wireless connection via "wireless USB
The technology offers resolutions of up to 1,600 x 1,200 pixels and 1,680 x 1,050 pixels for the widescreen version. The image quality is 32 Bit and ensures that DVDs can be played back without any difficulty. (Source: pte