Kensington laptop dock first to feature startup’s multiple-monitors-over-USB tech

Kensington laptop dock will help to introduce a new technology for multiple monitors over USB. Clever to be sure, however the reliability has me a little concerned.

Although we’re pretty sure that many of you wouldn’t agree with Newnham Research CEO Michael Ledzion’s assertion that “connecting a graphics card to a PC is hard, and expensive,” you might still be interested in his company’s technology for connecting multiple displays to a PC through a standard USB connection, which will debut in a Kensington laptop dock in June. The Cambridge, England-based startup is able to achieve this rather amazing feat through a hardware rendering engine call NIVO, which can either be built directly into a monitor or incorporated into other peripherals, and which uses proprietary compression algorithms to deliver video up to 1280 x 1024 at 75Hz. As you could probably guess, this technology isn’t designed for gaming — the company suggests using it to display “largely static images” — although it’s supposedly capable of HD playback, which is something we’d definitely like to see firsthand. Source: Engadget

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