Kensington® taps DisplayLink for USB multi-monitor products for MAC OS X


16-01-2008

Kensington sd200v Notebook Docking Station with video and dual monitor adapter give Mac users easy USB multi-monitor solutions.

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SAN FRANCISCO and PALO ALTO, Calif. - Jan. 15, 2008 ...  DisplayLink today announced that Kensington Computer Products Group has chosen its new Mac OS X network display technology for the Kensington sd200v Notebook Docking Station with Video and Dual Monitor Adapter, becoming the first vendor to display USB 2.0 multi-monitor products for Intel-based Macs.

The Kensington sd200v Notebook Docking Station with Video allows a user to connect speakers, a VGA display and up to five USB peripherals to their Mac with a single USB 2.0 connection. DisplayLink’s network display technology is used in the docking station to provide high performance graphics over USB. (See announcement today of DisplayLink’s Mac OS X product debut.) The docking station’s DualView feature provides an easy access front-panel button to instantly enable multi-monitor computing by switching the external display between mirror and extended desktop modes.

As an alternative to the sd200v Notebook Docking Station with Video, Mac users can also utilize the recently announced Kensington Dual Monitor Adapter to add up to four additional displays to their computer over a single USB 2.0 connection. This allows users to create a powerful desktop “command center” that provides immersive access to digital multimedia content at work or home. 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.

Both products are based on the DisplayLink Hardware Rendering Engine (HRE) chip and support high-resolution graphics, DVD-quality video playback and instantaneous mouse and keyboard response. It is compatible with any Intel-based Mac OS X laptop and VGA-connected displays with resolutions up to 1280 x 1024 or 1440 x 1024. Complete details on the products are available at Kensington’s web site, www.kensington.com <http://www.kensington.com> .

“Kensington’s new multi-monitor products allow Mac users to get the best of their user experience and capture all of the elegance and simplicity of the Mac on multiple screens,” said Frederic Frappereau, Global Product Marketing Manager at Kensington. “We’ve designed these products to be easy to use at every turn, and that includes the DualView button, which allows Mac laptop users to get the most out of multi-monitor computing.”

“Macs are known for their ease of use and stunning user interface experience,” said Dennis Crespo, executive vice president of marketing and business development for DisplayLink. “By adding an additional monitor via a high-performance and simple USB-to-VGA display connection, the Mac experience can be fully realized.”

The DisplayLink solution is a comprised of its Mac OS-compatible Virtual Graphics Card (VGC) software along with Hardware Rendering Engine (HRE) network display chips that are embedded in display devices. Once a Mac user has installed the VGC software, they are able to use a variety of HRE-powered multi-monitor products including USB graphics adapters (UGAs), which connect a VGA or DVI display to a computer using USB; universal notebook docking stations and USB-connected displays.

Availability and Pricing


The Kensington sd200v Notebook Docking Station with Video is available now at all major electronics retailers and online etailers. The suggested retail price of the sd200v is US $139.99. It is available in Europe through major web etailers and IT retailers at a suggested street price of £89 / €129. Mac OS driver for sd200v and the Dual Monitor Adapter will be available April 1, 2008 on www.kensington.com.
 The Kensington Dual Monitor Adapter will be available early Q2 2008 for a price of $99 in the US and in Europe.

Kensington - Smart Made Simple

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.

About DisplayLink


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. More information can be found at www.displaylink.com.

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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.

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