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USB 3.0 solution streams to multiple displays

Posted: 13 Sep 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:USB? graphics? display? interface?

SMSC debuts its ViewSpan USB 3.0 remote graphics technology for connecting multiple displays to desktop and mobile PCs. It also enables shared computing for classrooms and other situations. USB 3.0 or "SuperSpeed USB" offers a 10x data transfer speed increase and lets consumers stream uncompressed HD content to their display via the USB port.

"As the PC evolves into more non-traditional form factors, the ecosystem of peripherals that surrounds it is evolving too," said Dan Luster, VP, computing and connectivity products group, SMSC. "USB 1.1 sparked a revolution in human interface devices 15 years ago and replaced serial and PS/2 ports for connecting keyboards and mice. USB 2.0 brought us a 480Mbit/s data pipe to the PC and proliferated digital photography, consumer video and portable storage. The next evolution in USB technology, USB 3.0, is capable of transferring data at 5Gbit/s and is expected to change how displays are connected to mobile and portable computers."

The ViewSpan solution consists of a discrete USB device controller and enabling software running on a USB host system. The solution will be offered as ViewSpan and ViewSpan 5G for USB 2.0 High Speed and USB 3.0 SuperSpeed applications respectively. Powered by unique content-aware, bandwidth-aware, and resolution optimized video processing algorithms, ViewSpan and ViewSpan 5G deliver smooth high-definition video, vivid static images, and clear text to large consumer and commercial displays up to 2,048 x1,152 resolution.

ViewSpan and ViewSpan 5G solutions are available for customer sampling upon request.

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