x16 PCI Express quad-display graphics card lays claim to industry-first status
Targeting multi-display applications and monitoring systems, Canada-based Matrox Graphics is about to roll out its QID LP PCIe board, billed by the company as the industry's first x16 PCI Express graphics card that can drive up to four displays at a time.
As a fan-cooled plug-in intended for Pentium-based PCs, the card will rely on a Matrox-designed graphics chip to control the four displays and to support x16 PCI Express natively.
The card will also support digital and analog monitors, and will have a low-profile design that permits it to fit in a variety of systems.
The QID LP PCIe will also pack 128MB of graphics memory, to support screen resolutions of up to 1,600 x 1,200-pixels/display.
Support for x86 OSes
Matrox says it will support this board under Windows 2000 and Windows XP, and says x86 display drivers for Linux and Sun Solaris OSes will be available as upgrades.
The QID LP PCIe graphics card is expected to ship in March at a price of about $800.
- Alex Mendelsohn
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