ASUS today announced the availability of its first LCD monitor with built-in DisplayLink technology. The new 22-inch ASUS VW223B is designed with multitasking in mind, and allows up to six additional monitors to be networked together using a single PC equipped with available USB ports.
ASUS and DisplayLink deliver multi-display capability with new LCD monitors
The VW223B is a high-performance monitor that delivers a native 1680x1050 widescreen resolution and a high 3000:1 contrast ratio (ASCR). Its fast five-millisecond response time ensures smooth video display on all of the networked displays without lag or ghosting effects, while a built-in USB hub on the VW223B’s side panel facilitates effortless connection for six additional monitors.
This dramatic increase in visual workspace is made possible by the VW223B’s integrated DisplayLink DL-160 chip. Unlike other multi-display solutions that require computer systems to be reconfigured with additional hardware, DisplayLink ensures unrivalled ease-of-use by allowing any mainstream desktop or notebook PC to run multiple monitors over the USB 2.0 interface. The DL-160 also automatically configures all connected monitors, and offers a 32-bit true-colour depth at all resolutions and full support for Windows Vista Aero.
The ASUS VW223B has the distinction of being the first-ever DisplayLink Certified monitor. The DisplayLink Certified logo, which is displayed prominently on the VW223B’s front panel, assures consumers that the product has passed DisplayLink’s rigorous testing process and offers the highest-possible level of compatibility and performance.
“ASUS is one of the world’s leading LCD monitor manufacturers, so their commitment to bringing the simplicity of a USB graphics connectivity to the mass market is an important milestone for DisplayLink,” said Dennis Crespo, executive vice president of marketing and business development at DisplayLink. “We’re confident that ASUS customers will truly enjoy and quickly benefit from the productivity enhacement provided by multiple USB-enabled displays.”
ASUS has also introduced a new 20-inch LCD monitor. Like its larger sibling, the VW202B incorporates DisplayLink technology and will ship in July.
“At ASUS, we believe that the DisplayLink USB graphics connectivity has great potential for the development of a variety of monitors in different shapes and sizes,” said Vincent Chiou, director of ASUS Display BU. “There is so much digital media being monitored by people today, so it is important that people leverage desktop screen space to get the most out of it.”
The ASUS VW223B will be available in Europe, Asia and America, while the ASUS VW202B is expected to be available in July. For more information, please visit www.asus.com.
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 monitors.
Leading global manufacturers have integrated network display technology into an array of consumer electronics including USB-enabled monitors, video docking stations, and display adapters. More information can be found at www.displaylink.com.
ASUS is a leading company in the new digital era, and manufactures more than 16 product lines, including notebooks and PC motherboards, as well as LCD monitors. With a global staff of more than 8,000 and a world-class R&D design team, ASUS ranks among the top ten in BusinessWeek InfoTech 100 and has been on the listing for 11 consecutive years. ASUS is also selected by the Wall Street Journal Asia as No.1 in quality and services in Taiwan.
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DisplayLink is a fabless network graphics semiconductor and software company, formed in 2003 to develop and exploit methods of delivering content to multiple flat panel displays from a single computer with the view that this technology could lower the costs of computing and thus make information technology much more widely available in developing countries.