Kensington® Picks DisplayLink for Adapter that Connects DVI/VGA Displays over USB
Kensington Dual Monitor Adapter Enables Cost-Effective Visual Workspace Expansion
PALO ALTO, CALIF. and LAS VEGAS .– DisplayLink today announced its network display technology was selected as the basis of the new Kensington Dual Monitor Adapter, a cost-effective USB graphics adapter (UGA) that makes it easy to expand a computer’s visual workspace by adding multiple VGA or DVI displays to a PC using USB 2.0.
Kensington Dual Monitor Adapter users can expand their desktop by pairing up to 6 displays connected to a single USB port to create a powerful desktop “command center” that provides immersive access to digital multimedia content at work or home. The high-performance adapter is compatible with Windows XP and Vista. Using DisplayLink’s latest graphics transport software 3D images, such as Windows Vista Aero interface or Google Earth, as well as smooth DVD video playback are rendered in 32-bit color depth.
The adapter is unique in that it has both VGA and DVI connectors and can be used interchangeably with either type of display. This makes it ideal for traveling users who need to connect to a wide range of displays, or for organizations that want connectivity flexibility.
Kensington debuted the adapter today at the 2008 International CES in Las Vegas. The adapter includes DVI-I and VGA video output; mirrored desktop, extended desktop and primary display (with Vista) video modes; and supports widescreen displays up to 1440 x 1050 pixels and standard displays up to 1280 x 1024 pixels.
“User interest for multi-monitor, multi-tasking computing solutions is great, and that demand will take off now that there is an adapter solution that is both easy to use and has ubiquitous connectivity,” said Frederic Frappereau, Global Product Marketing Manager at Kensington. “Now people can double their visual workspace to screen emails, chat, and work on multiple documents without flipping or tabbing through a multitude of open windows.”
“Kensington’s proven consumer product expertise combined with our plug-and-play USB network display technology makes it possible for ordinary users to easily add, and mix and match, displays to create their ideal digital media viewing environment,” said Hamid Farzaneh, DisplayLink president and CEO.
DisplayLink technology is comprised of high-performance Hardware Rendering Engine (HRE) network display chips and Virtual Graphics Card (VGC) software that power high-quality, fully interactive 32-bit true-color graphics with real-time video playback across a USB link. They are designed for monitor manufacturers, PC OEMs and PC accessory companies who want to develop easy-to-use, high performance products such as USB-connected monitors, video-capable USB laptop docking stations, Skype video phones, picture frames and other devices. The company’s adaptive compression algorithm and graphics protocol can also transmit graphics over other standard network interfaces, including wireless USB, Ethernet or Wi-Fi.
Availability & Pricing
The Kensington Dual Monitor Adapter will be available in early Q2 with an estimated street price of $99.
Smart Made Simple (www.kensington.com)
Wherever technology takes you, personalize it with Kensington, a worldwide leader in Smart Made Simple computing accessories. Kensington makes smart, intuitive, and stylish computing accessories for notebook and desktop computers, MP3 players and iPods. Kensington Computer Products Group, headquartered in Redwood Shores, California, is the technology division of ACCO Brands (NYSE: ABD), a world leader in branded office products, with annual revenues of nearly $2 billion and products marketed in more than 100 countries across the globe. For more information, visit the Kensington web site at kensington.com or call Kensington toll-free at 1-800-235-6708.
Kensington is a registered trademark of ACCO Brands.© 2008 Kensington Computer Products Group, a division of ACCO Brands. All rights reserved.
DisplayLink Corp. is a network display chip and software company that creates simple connections between computers and displays – via USB, making the benefits of expanded visual workspace available to everyone. Using universally accepted wired or wireless networking protocols and proprietary software compression techniques, graphically rich content can be transmitted easily between a single device and multiple displays and enjoyed in a more organized and productive way.
Leading global manufacturers have integrated network display technology into an array of consumer electronics including USB-enabled monitors, video docking stations and display adapters. Because of the unique ability to unleash content from hardware to multiple screens, an array of innovative devices is on the horizon. Founded in 2003, DisplayLink’s venture backers include Atlas Venture, Balderton Capital, DAG Ventures and DFJ Esprit. The company is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, with main R&D and product development activities in Cambridge, UK.
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