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DisplayLink Releases Beta Driver For Mac OS X
Monday, March 31, 2008 - 3:26 PM EST
Posted by: Brian

We mentioned back in January that DisplayLink planned on bringing their USB display technology over to the Mac. Well, it looks like they finally released their first beta driver for Mac OS X today.

According to the company, "DisplayLink USB devices are the easiest way to add an additional monitor to your Mac. This driver, with the relevant DisplayLink-powered hardware, will allow any Intel-based Mac - even a Mac Mini or MacBook Air - to connect up to 4 monitors over USB. This driver also supports the USB video of our customers' USB docking station products, giving you a cost-effective and easy way to connect your display and all of your peripherals to your MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air, with only one USB 2.0 cable."

Here is a full list of the supported devices:

  Kensington sd200v
  Kensington Notebook Expansion Dock with Video
  IOGEAR External Graphics Card VGA
  Samsung 940UX UbiSync
  Samsung UbiSync7
  Toshiba Dynadock
  LG L206WU
  Ratoc REX-USBDVI Multi Display Adapter
  Rextron XtraViU
  Goodway USB to VGA (AN24X0)
  Goodway USB to DVI (AN24X0)
  Goodway Docking Station with Video (VGA) (DU2771N1)
  Goodway Docking Station with Video (DVI) (DU2781N1)
  Sewell USB Graphics Adapter
  DT Research Tablet Cradle
  WS Tech USB Multi-Display
  EVGA UV Plus+ (UV+12/UV+16)
  DisplayLink Merlin/Merlin-DVI Evaluation Board
  DisplayLink Kestrel Evaluation Board
  DisplayLink Hawk Evaluation Board
  DisplayLink Osprey Evaluation Board

The DisplayLink software can be installed on any Intel-based Mac running client versions of Mac OS X Tiger 10.4.11 or Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.2. You can view the release notes here for more information. There are some issues with 2D acceleration and OpenGL 3D acceleration that you'll probably want to read about.

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