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DisplayLink and Diamond Collaborate on Unique Docking Stations

DisplayLink and Diamond Collaborate on Unique Docking Stations

With a little help from DisplayLinke, Diamond Multimedia has come out with a new display adapter the company promises will make easy-work out of attaching additional displays to laptops and desktops. Diamond's BVUMD3 USB HD Display Adapter Plus, as it's called, supports DVI or VGA interfaces and features high quality digital imaging up to 1600x1200 and 1920x1080, while also allowing users to mirror or extend the display in any directions.

"DisplayLink’s DL-165 USB virtual graphics chip has enabled us to offer our customers a means to connect multiple monitors to a single device, along with many other multimedia capabilities," says Louis Kokenis, the Product Engineering Manager for Diamond Multimedia. "The BVUMD3 also uses 80% less power than a discrete solution."



Some other highlights include:
  • All USB powered
  • Fully integrated into th Windows and Mac OSX control panel
  • Easy Plug and Play installation with Microsoft WHQL signed drivers
  • Supports up to six displays
  • DisplayLink Certified
  • Compatible with all CRT and Flat Panel monitors
  • Standard and wide screen aspect ratios
  • Higher performance DDR memory interface
As a bonus, the display adapter also includes three USB 2.0 ports, which Diamond says can be used as a mini docking station for netbooks, notebooks, and Macbooks. Sound appealing? If so, you can pick one up now from any of several online vendors (Amazon, Buy.com, CircuitCity., CompUSA.com, Newegg.com, and TigerDirect.com) and brick and mortar stores for $75.
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I wish they started adding HDMI to these, essentially external gfx cards. I think nvidia and ATI should get in this market to market external graphics chips for the go and for the home, being swappable.

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"six displays" ?? By daisy-chaining?? Deceptive!!

If you can justify limiting yourself to Dell Latitudes (not all) or Dell Precision laptops, you could use Dell's E-Port or E-Port Plus docking stations. These use a dedicated docking port (not slow USB 2.0). The E-Port Plus even has two DP and two DVI ports for multi-monitor setups (what I use with my Precision M6400 for PhotoShop work).

I agree with mentaldisorder about Nvidia or ATI offering external graphics card solutions for multi-display setups (and using USB 3.0!).

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Interesting to see where this goes from here,.....

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I really like Diamond products. I was begining to wonder where they have gone!

This makes alot of sense. It is good to see that someone has finally figured out there is a need for this without raking everyone through the coals. I do agree with Mentaldisorder, It should have an HDMI out. Another concern would be, they need to have multiple ports on this unit. It would be nice to have at least two!

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