Acer and DisplayLInk ship 22" USB connected monitor

December 2, 2008 | 11:15

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ACER AND DISPLAYLINK SHIP 22” USB CONNECTED MONITOR Acer, the third largest vendor in the global PC market, partners with DisplayLink for multiple screen capabilities

DisplayLink and Acer today announced the availability of a new Windows Vista Aero-compatible USB computer monitor, with integrated DisplayLink technology. The 22-inch B223 screen, part of Acer’s ergonomic B series family of monitors, is now shipping in Europe.

With 1680x1050 widescreen resolution monitors, Acer’s new display has integrated USB ports to facilitate multiple displays easily. Using DisplayLink’s DL-160 network display chip, up to six Acer B223 monitors can be connected to a single PC or laptop, via a standard USB 2.0 connection. DisplayLink’s plug-and-play technology enables quick and simple one step set-up, and a five millisecond response time eliminates latency and ensures exceptional performance across multiple screens.

“At Acer, we’re committed to enhancing our customers’ viewing experience and mobility, and we realise that different types of users want different features and functionality from their monitors,” said Oliver Ahrens, Product Business Director at Acer. “By adding DisplayLink’s USB technology to our popular 22-inch displays, we’re making it easy and cost-effective for computer users to add extra screens. Building on our expertise with the B series, this new addition is ideal for businesses that need to carry out document comparison activities, or put together complicated presentations, or indeed any other image- or text-intensive computer task.”

The DisplayLink DL-160 network display chip embedded in Acer’s new range of monitors, powers high-quality, fully-interactive 32-bit true-colour graphics, with smooth DVD video playback across a USB 2.0 connection. DisplayLink is the first company to enable the 3D capabilities of the Windows Vista Aero interface for USB-connected displays with an unparalleled user experience.

Furthermore, given Acer’s success in the notebook market, the ability to easily add a larger screen is ideal for customers that require the mobility offered by a laptop, but also want the added benefits of more display space while at their desks. With the B223 monitor, it is possible to connect a laptop, wireless keyboard and mouse via a single USB 2.0 port, enabling users to simply create a mobile workstation. In addition, the height adjustment, rotation and swivel functions of the Acer B223 display make it ergonomically sound and suitable for all users.

“Since establishing our operation in Taiwan, the growth and interest in multi-monitor computing has been incredible,” said Taiwan-based Andy Davis, director of worldwide strategic accounts at DisplayLink. “To have ground-breaking industry leaders, such as Acer, add DisplayLink’s technology to their portfolios is a fantastic position to be in and endorses the increased demand we expect to see for these solutions.”

Pricing and availability
The Acer B223 is available immediately in Europe with a recommended street price of EUR 339. For further details visit the Acer website at www.global.acer.com.

About Acer
Since its founding in 1976, Acer has constantly pursued the goal of breaking the barriers between people and technology. Focused on marketing its brand-name IT products around the globe, Acer ranks as the world's No. 3 vendor for total PCs and No. 2 for notebooks, with the fastest growth among the top-five players. A profitable and sustainable Channel Business Model is instrumental to Acer’s continued growth, while the successful mergers of Gateway and Packard Bell complete the company’s global footprint by strengthening its presence in the U.S., and enhancing its strong position in Europe. Acer Inc. employs 5,000 people worldwide. 2007 revenues reached US$14.07 billion. See www.acer.com for more information.

Acer and the Acer logo are registered trademarks of Acer Incorporated. Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Intel and Pentium are registered trademarks of Intel Corporation. Other trademarks, registered trademarks and/or service marks, indicated or otherwise, are the properties of their respective owners.

About DisplayLink
DisplayLink Corp. is a network display chip and software company that creates simple connections between computers and displays – via USB, making the benefits of expanded visual workspace available to everyone. Using universally accepted wired or wireless networking protocols and proprietary software compression techniques, graphically rich content can be transmitted easily between a single device and multiple displays and enjoyed in a more organised and productive way.

Leading global manufacturers have integrated network display technology into an array of consumer electronics including USB-enabled monitors, video docking stations and display adapters. Because of the unique ability to unleash content from hardware to multiple screens, an array of innovative devices is on the horizon. Founded in 2003, DisplayLink's venture backers include Atlas Venture, Balderton Capital, DAG Ventures and DFJ Esprit. The company is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, with main R&D and product development activities in Cambridge, UK. More information can be found at www.displaylink.com.
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