DISPLAYLINK LAUNCHES ICs FOR CONNECTING
COMPUTER DISPLAYS VIA USB
AND WIRELESS USB
Innovative DL-120 & DL-160 Offer High Quality Graphics and Video; First in Family that will Offer Wired, Wireless Monitor Connectivity
PALO ALTO, CA. – Jan. 9, 2006 - DisplayLink Inc. (formerly Newnham Technology) today announced the DL-120 and DL-160 high-performance chips that link monitors to PCs using USB 2.0.
The new chips allow monitor manufacturers, PC OEMs and PC accessory companies to develop products for multi-monitor computing including USB-connected monitors, video-enabled USB laptop docks, display connectivity accessories and other devices.
DisplayLink’s USB chips are the first to offer high-resolution display connectivity over a USB 2.0 connection. The high performance of the solution means that the user experience with mouse, monitor and keyboard is comparable to a conventional DVI or VGA-connected monitor. Static images in 32-bit true color are displayed without quality loss or color reduction and full-motion, DVD-quality video plays in real-time.
The DL-120 supports display resolutions up to 1280 x 1024 and the DL-160 extends support up to 1600 x 1200.
“With DisplayLink connectivity, consumers can keep adding monitors, photo frames and other application specific displays to PC’s in their work or home environments over USB 2.0 or Wireless USB from the USB-IF.” said Hamid Farzaneh, DisplayLink president and CEO. “The new DL-120 and DL-160 offer a high-performance alternative that will bring multi-display applications into the mainstream.”
A Hardware/Software Solution
The complete DisplayLink solution is comprised of Virtual Graphics Card (VGC) software that runs on a Windows host PC and a Hardware Rendering Engine (HRE) inside of the DL-120 or DL-160 chip. The VGC software processes a stream of display information using the company’s proprietary lossless graphics protocol and transmits it over a USB 2.0 or wireless USB link to the HRE chip that reconstructs the image on the display.
First in a Family
The DL-120 and DL-160 are now available in production. They are the first in a series of display connectivity solutions to come from DisplayLink. The core VGC and HRE technology can be extended to a wide range of standard connectivity technologies such as Ethernet or Wi-Fi to provide new solutions for network connected computer projectors, digital picture frames, computer-based signage and others.
DisplayLink (formerly Newnham Technology) is a fabless display connectivity IC company, formed in 2003 to enable simple and flexible connections between computers and displays using standard wired and wireless links. The company’s technology allows any number of displays to be connected to a single PC. DisplayLink’s investors include Atlas Venture, Benchmark Capital and Esprit Capital. The company is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, with main R&D and product development activities in Cambridge, UK.
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