Jan 12, 2009

DisplayLink Customer Presence at CES

With over a dozen customers having DisplayLink products on display at the show, our presence at the show was quite significant. With all the products on display there were bound to be demos that stood out. Here's our vote for the best DisplayLink USB graphics demos at CES 09.

Sexiest Displaylink Product Demo

This one was a toss-up between the Samsung wireless Sidekick 19" 1360x768 monitor and the LG wireless W2286L 22" 1680x1050 monitor. If there has to be an absolute winner, the nod goes to the Samsung, because of the better presentation and collateral used in the demo. Both monitors use the Realtek radio to provide the WUSB link so should be getting the same throughput. With Asus also showing a WUSB monitor at the show, this will be an interesting space to watch to see how these get adopted in the marketplace.

Best Explanation and Collateral for a Demo

The Asus booth had both a three-screeen Displaylink monitor demo as well as a wireless monnitor demo, and the USB monitor demo had great signage as well as a rolling flash demo and a super-stretched Excel spreadsheet. Congratulations to Asus for showing people how easy it is to connect and display with USB graphics.

Most Impressive/Imposing Demo

At the IOGear booth, the main live demo was a laptop connected to two large 720p TVs using their WUSB-to-VGA adapters. With a single host transmitter they were sending the video signal to both receivers attached to the VGA inputs of the TVs. The TV on the right was running a video as the one on the left had a large Excel spreadsheet and a window that they were moving from one screen to the other. Everyone would at first think the TVs were running a regular video loop like so many of the other TVs on display at CES, only to be surprised when the mouse on the laptop would move a window from one to the other.

Jan 11, 2009

DisplayLink and Windows 7 at CES

CES brought a host of announcements of new monitors, docks, and adapters--from the likes of Acer, Samsung, and HP--adding the simplicity of connecting their devices with a simple, inexpensive USB cable: all enabled by DisplayLink technology.

Once you've gotten used the simplicity of needing only a single USB cable to dock all your laptop's devices, or gotten used to a futuristic desktop extended across two, three, or even six displays with the same cable -- it's hard to go back.

Of course, another little announcement at CES 2009 was the public beta of Windows 7.

So, not wanting to put any Windows 7 enthusiasts through any withdrawal pains, DisplayLink made preview drivers available this week, just before Microsoft's official release of the beta. We've been working on these drivers for several months now, and these are the same drivers shown at CES. There are still some months to the release of Windows 7, and these are early, preview drivers only... but DisplayLink is working to insure that the "it just works" simplicity of USB is matched with updated drivers when this new operating system hits the streets.

These drivers support
  • The full Windows Aero experience for Windows 7
  • The new Windows 7 Display Screen Resolution panel, with better control over extending and duplicating displays
  • Support for the new "Windows-P" as a universal key combination for switching into and out of projector mode
  • Up to six screen-real-estate-expanding displays for multitaskers using Win7, all from one USB cable
If you're a Windows 7 Beta user, you can get an early peek at DisplayLink's Windows 7 drivers at http://www.displaylink.com/win7

Jan 10, 2009

The Latest Fashion Accessory?

The press have been very surprised to see a guy walking around CES with a monitor strapped to his chest. This isn't DisplayLink's attempt at creating the next fashion accessory to be showcased at the Milan fashion show next year, instead it is demonstrating the possibilities of wireless USB monitors.

The monitor was connected to a wireless USB graphics adapter which then communicates with the laptop, allowing you to display content on the monitor, which can be upto 20 feet away from the laptop. The monitor was showing a standard definition DVD to passers by.

HP Announces Universal USB Docking Station at CES

HP are the latest technology company to take advantage of DisplayLink's USB Graphics technology, and have announced their Universal USB Docking Station.

Their new docking station can be connected to any HP, or non-HP, laptop to allow you to connect all your USB peripherals, audio and Ethernet cable and an external display.

The external display can be connected to the docking station via DVI or VGA, allowing you to either show the same content shown on your laptop screen on a bigger display, or to extend your desktop work space giving you greater space to view all your much loved applications.

The dock allows complete plug and play mobility, as there is a single USB connection between the dock and the notebook. You no longer need to unplug all the separate peripherals, or the video and network cables when you wish to run off to a meeting with your laptop. Just pull out the USB cable and you're mobile again! When you return to your desk you can quickly get back up and running by plugging the USB cable back into your notebook.

DisplayLink were the first to physically show the new docking station at the CES Unveiled Press event earlier this week. A demonstration of the docking station can be seen in the video below:


Latest Products Shown at CES ShowStoppers Press Event

DisplayLink show off their latest products at this years CES ShowStoppers press event, including:
  • HP Universal Docking Station
  • ASUS EeePC connected to a USB display running at 1920 x 1220
  • Samsung Side Kick laptop companion monitor
All of these demonstrations can be seen in this video:

Samsung Showcase Award Winning Monitor for Laptops

Samsung unveiled a new type of monitor at CES, specifically designed for your laptop. The new "Sidekick" monitor has no a stand on the reverse of the monitor, so that the display can sit in line with your laptop screen. This monitor extends your desktop area, and is available in a 19 inch, and 22 inch version. Samsung have shown a wired, and wireless version of this product on the show floor, both of which use DisplayLink's technology.

The product has also be named an honoree in the 2009 CES Innovations Design and Engineering Awards in the Computer Peripherals category.

See what the press have to say about this new monitor type: CNET | PCWorld | PC Pro

Jan 8, 2009

DisplayLink Wins Coveted CES Award: Best Schwag!

At the CES Unveiled Press Event DisplayLink were showcasing their latest technology demonstrations, and giving out press kits. However these press kits were on a three-in-one Pen, USB Key and Laser Pointer. One member of the press even voted the pens the "best schwag" of the press show!

Jan 7, 2009

DisplayLink CES Kickoff

Last night, the media got a sneek peak at the innovations being unveiled at CES 2009, and DisplayLink was there to demonstrate new monitors, docks and wireless adapters with built in USB graphics.

New products powered by DisplayLink graphics at this year's show include:
  • HP Mini 2140 netbook connected to four displays via the new HP USB 2.0 universal docking station.
  • The Nanovision MIMO mini-display powered by USB providing a dedicated monitor for instant messaging.
  • A walking demo of the wireless USB graphics adapter running video.
  • New Samsung and Acer monitors
Whe the show floor opens on January 8th, DisplayLink can be found by visiting the USB Tech Zone in South Hall 3, Booth 30368.