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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 6:39 pm    Post subject: Add multiple displays to your Mac with USB Reply with quote

Add multiple displays to your Mac with USB
Thursday, January 10, 2008
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DisplayLink is set to introduce its USB network display technology for Mac OS X at the Macworld Conference & Expo next week. This technology will allow Mac users to connect additional displays to their computer using USB. For users of the Intel-based Mac mini, iMac, MacBook Pro, MacBook and Mac Pro, this marks the first time they can expand their workspace with two or more displays using the easy "plug & display" of USB. According to reports, Kensington will be the first with products to support the technology. We'll keep you posted as more details become available.



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, this is pretty big news if it pans out. We've been waiting for a well supported solution for a long time.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is awesome news! I just hope it supports 1920 x 1200.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 11:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

so this is a chip manufacturers (or brave consumers) have to install into the computer itself?
where would it go?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 11:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ArsenicPants wrote:
so this is a chip manufacturers (or brave consumers) have to install into the computer itself?
where would it go?

It's USB. I assume the "chips" are inside the device.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 1:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ClunkClunk wrote:
It's USB. I assume the "chips" are inside the device.


You would be correct. I just used the graphic to represent their technology. The actual device will probably be a UGA (USB Graphics Adapter) like this. The ability to run multiple displays could also be enabled with displays featuring a built-in USB video card. I guess we won't really know until Macworld. They are to demo this at booth# W-4238.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 6:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

AWESOME!!!!

Yea i can use three monitors.

Really cool.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 7:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I read about these in some CES coverage. There is also a wireless version! How sweet is that! Really opens the door for us as far as HTPC's go! Just think <insert your own flashback music here> your mini is in your den/home office and you can view it in your family room/theater room!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Isn't this already available from Matrox? Not USB, but the same thing in practice, and maybe better/faster too?

This one is for DVI, and lists Mac OS X 10.4 support:
http://matrox.com/graphics/en/gxm/products/th2go/digital/home.php
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yvan256 wrote:
Isn't this already available from Matrox? Not USB, but the same thing in practice, and maybe better/faster too?

This one is for DVI, and lists Mac OS X 10.4 support:
http://matrox.com/graphics/en/gxm/products/th2go/digital/home.php



ummm... not really.

"this marks the first time they can expand their workspace with two or more displays using the easy "plug & display" of USB"


I think the key being cost and the ease of USB. . .
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hackersmovie wrote:
ummm... not really.

"this marks the first time they can expand their workspace with two or more displays using the easy "plug & display" of USB"

I think the key being cost and the ease of USB. . .


That's why I said "not USB, but the same thing in practice", i.e. expand the workspace with two or more (in the case of Matrox, two or three) using the easy "plug & display" of DVI. Unless people can connect a USB cable but not a DVI one? Very Happy

(whole lot of technical details deleted)

Ok, I should have read their website first...

Their technology makes your computer CPU and GPU compress the display, send it via USB, then it's uncompressed and displayed on the other monitors.

Simple enough, I don't know why there is no similar products available.

However, with a Matrox product, the computer won't be wasting power monitoring/compressing monitors in real-time.

The idea is very nice though! And I see some manufacturers are already making products for the technology, so at least it's becoming a standard on its own.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i hope this is available in the UK, i could really do with something like this.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is this only for Intel macs? I would love to use this on my old rev A or my IBook.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yvan256 wrote:
hackersmovie wrote:
ummm... not really.

"this marks the first time they can expand their workspace with two or more displays using the easy "plug & display" of USB"

I think the key being cost and the ease of USB. . .


That's why I said "not USB, but the same thing in practice", i.e. expand the workspace with two or more (in the case of Matrox, two or three) using the easy "plug & display" of DVI. Unless people can connect a USB cable but not a DVI one? Very Happy

(whole lot of technical details deleted)

Ok, I should have read their website first...

Their technology makes your computer CPU and GPU compress the display, send it via USB, then it's uncompressed and displayed on the other monitors.

Simple enough, I don't know why there is no similar products available.

However, with a Matrox product, the computer won't be wasting power monitoring/compressing monitors in real-time.

The idea is very nice though! And I see some manufacturers are already making products for the technology, so at least it's becoming a standard on its own.


This also opens the doors for "no wires" extensions of our displays as well. . . Which I've never seen before and would be waaay useful.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hackersmovie wrote:
This also opens the doors for "no wires" extensions of our displays as well. . . Which I've never seen before and would be waaay useful.

I was just searching around for more information on this and ran across an article on PC Mag about the wireless functionality. It sounds like you can only go about 15-20 feet in the same room. The resolution also maxes out at 1600x1200, but it says they should be able to go higher by mid-year. Actually, I think this is the max for the wired solutions too. There goes any hope of using my 24" Dell with this for now. Sad
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