Plugable Technologies Intros New DisplayLink-Enabled USB Products - HotHardware
Plugable Technologies Intros New DisplayLink-Enabled USB Products

Plugable Technologies Intros New DisplayLink-Enabled USB Products

You may have never heard of Plugable Technologies, but you've heard of DisplayLink. Or do we assume too much? At any rate, you'll know what both are after the company's newest releases, which includes a pair of new USB graphics products enabling easy expandability of any laptop or desktop system with a spare USB port.

The UGA-125 enables multiple VGA, DVI, or HDMI monitors or projectors to be added to any system via USB 2.0 (one extra display supported per adapter); just toss this in your bag, and you can instantly turn a USB port into a monitor output. The second product in the UGA-125 family, the UGA-125-HUB, also includes a matching bus-powered 4-port USB 2.0 hub, and unlike proprietary docking stations, the simple hub solution works with any brand of computer, using standard USB 2.0 connectivity and components.



Both of these utilize the DisplayLink DL-125 chip, capable of displaying up to 1440x900 (widescreen) or 1280x1024 (standard) resolutions. Finally, the Plugable UD-160-A offers a 4-port USB 2.0 solution along with a DisplayLink chip, giving consumers the best of both worlds in one product. All three are available now on Amazon, with pricing set for $49.99, $59.99 and $96.99 in order of mention.
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Why would Displaylink/Pluggable do this though it makes no sense. If we as hardware enthusiasts know that USB3 is all over the place and growing rapidly (no it's not a norm as of yet, but wait until September), so tje industry knew well before us. On top of that the performance window they could capture with a USB 3 implementation rather than a USB 2 one would have been better. Then that is also not to mention getting people to buy new pc's across the board for the availability. Who knows maybe they wanna tap out the current run before doing so, it just seem to be a poorly sighted thing to me.

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USB 3.0 will be a boon for graphics -- but it'll be next years' thing: http://displaylinkblog.blogspot.com/2010/01/usb-30-in-action-at-ces-2010.html

Demos are happening now. Chips later this year they say. Products early next year then. Companies like Plugable will have devices out on USB 3.0 as soon as they can.

The big boost will come when USB 3.0 hardware and software from Intel, Apple, and Microsoft arrive. But that will be a little while longer. It's a good bet that USB 2.0 will be important for quite a while yet.

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