USB 3.0 DisplayLink Products Shipping By Christmas 2010 - HotHardware
USB 3.0 DisplayLink Products Shipping By Christmas 2010

USB 3.0 DisplayLink Products Shipping By Christmas 2010

We never really thought USB-connected monitors would take off, but take off they have. In the case of Mimo, the demand for them has soared so greatly that they've been able to stay in business and thrive by selling secondary monitors that connect via USB alone. One of the main drivers in making the whole USB monitor revolution tick is DisplayLink, and they're understandably excited about the possibilities that come along with USB 3.0.

Today, USB 2.0 has a bandwidth limitation that hinders DisplayLink products from being able to support extremely high resolutions and frame rates. Basic monitors can handle basic 2D tasks with relative ease, but start asking it to push 1080p, fast-moving multimedia through a clogged USB 2.0 cable and you run into all sorts of issues. USB 3.0 clearly has a huge boost in bandwidth--right around 10x more--so it's no surprise to hear that DisplayLink is already looking forward to selling gear based on the new protocol.



According to a new report, at least one DisplayLink monitor prototype will be setup and running at CES, and it will be using USB 3.0 technology. The new chip will be able to take advantage of the speed boost, which will enable video transfers of up to 4.8 gigabits-per-second. That could enable USB-connected monitors to easily display high-definition video content when paired with an advanced GPU, and honestly, this should make DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort at least somewhat scared. After all, USB ports are on every PC you see, and USB 3.0 ports will be hitting those next-gen PCs in short order. Once even the cheapest netbook on the market has access to a USB 3.0 port, that very netbook can then pipe out video to a massive monitor without having to use a VGA or DVI port. Expect to see USB 3.0-based DisplayLink products on store shelves by next Christmas.
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The ability to run a large, high-definition monitor from a USB port should, in my estimation, provide a great impetus to netbook usage and sales - quite the contrary from the predictions on the 'death of the netbook' heard from some quarters. It will be interesting to see how things develop !...

Henri

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What I have to wonder is why Mimo doesn't offer their product as a VGA device? USB monitors are processor hogs, and while I'd love to get a wing monitor or two for gadgets and other non-gaming uses, it won't happen if I have to give up performance to do so.

I'll soon have a setup which can handle two or three monitors from the GPU card; and I imagine that there are many others who can say the same. The small touch-screen monitors are great, but even USB 3.0 won't change matters much if they still rely on the CPU for rendering.

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Not sure I have seen a usb 3.0 notebook yet.  But then again, these guys are shooting for Christmas 2010.

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