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Matrox today unveiled the revolutionary new Matrox DualHead2Go, the
world’s first external upgrade capable of adding multiple monitor support to
compatible laptop and integrated graphics-based desktop PCs that were previously
limited to single screen output. DualHead2Go is a palm-sized box that connects
to the existing single monitor output (i.e. external VGA output) of a computer
and appears to the system as a single ultra-widescreen monitor with native
support for resolutions up to 2560 x 1024*, which are twice as wide as standard
resolutions. Using Matrox patent-pending technology, DualHead2Go splits the 2560
x 1024 Microsoft® Windows® desktop into a right and left half, each of which is
then sent to two separate analog monitors allowing users to easily upgrade their
workspace setups to experience the productivity benefits of a DualHead® desktop.
Available in mid-November 2005, DualHead2Go – Dual Analog Edition, has a
suggested retail price of $ 169USD.

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Matrox Graphics, Inc., the leading manufacturer of graphics solutions for
professionals, today unveiled the revolutionary new Matrox DualHead2Go, the
world’s first external upgrade capable of adding multiple monitor support to
compatible laptop and integrated graphics-based desktop PCs that were previously
limited to single screen output. DualHead2Go is a palm-sized box that connects
to the existing single monitor output (i.e. external VGA output) of a computer
and appears to the system as a single ultra-widescreen monitor with native
support for resolutions up to 2560 x 1024*, which are twice as wide as standard
resolutions. Using Matrox patent-pending technology, DualHead2Go splits the 2560
x 1024 Microsoft® Windows® desktop into a right and left half, each of which is
then sent to two separate analog monitors allowing users to easily upgrade their
workspace setups to experience the productivity benefits of a DualHead® desktop.

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"An increasing number of professionals are using laptops as their main
computer, but they still want the advantages of a multi-display workstation
while at the office," says Dan Wood, VP Technical Marketing, Matrox Graphics
Inc. "DualHead2Go is a breakthrough product that solves this need by creating a
cost-effective, space-saving, multi-display docking station for a laptop. Since
DualHead2Go is an external upgrade, it’s also ideal for adding an extra display
to a closed, already validated, mission-critical system or to computers with no
available expansion slots."

DualHead2Go harnesses the capabilities of the system’s existing GPU or
integrated graphics for acceleration of all 2D, 3D and video rendering. There is
no image distortion and no scaling to the original raw pixels generated from the
existing graphics accelerator. By using DualHead2Go in conjunction with the
built-in display of a laptop, users can benefit with up to three displays of
independent information at a time. The wide range of desktop computers with only
one video output can now be upgraded to dual-display without requiring users to
open up the shell of the computer or install new graphics drivers.

There has never been a better time to upgrade a PC to multiple displays. The
dramatic price decreases for flat panels make it affordable for users to invest
in multiple monitors. A single display workspace physically limits the amount of
information that users can see. Constantly having to open and close application
windows can be cumbersome and time consuming, thereby making it more difficult
to multi-task and ultimately reduces productivity. With the adoption of a
dual-display workspace, the work process is streamlined and management of
multiple documents is simplified because users have expanded their workspace
across two displays.

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Capitalizing on Matrox’s long-standing multi-display leadership, the
DualHead2Go is bundled with Matrox PowerDesk SE; a suite of powerful window
management software offering users a wide range of unique-to-Matrox operational
modes, utilities and display configurations for optimal management of windows
positioning and message pop-ups.

System Compatibility
DualHead2Go is compatible with a wide range of laptop models. Desktop PC support
for DualHead2Go is limited to certain PCs based on integrated graphics. A
complete list of compatible systems is posted on the Matrox website and will be
regularly updated to reflect new system support. Additionally, a free
DualHead2Go online compatibility utility is available allowing users to
pre-validate that their system is compatible with DualHead2Go prior to purchase.
Visit www.matrox.com/graphics/dualhead2go for complete details.

Price and Availability
Available in mid-November 2005, DualHead2Go – Dual Analog Edition, has a
suggested retail price of $ 169USD. This product will be available from
authorized resellers worldwide or, in North America and Europe, directly from
Matrox at http://shopmatrox.com. For more information, call Matrox Sales at
1-800-361-1408 (North America) or e-mail
[email protected]

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Inside the black box

The existing graphics hardware and software in the computer does nothing
different other than providing a monitor signal with a resolution that’s twice
as wide as a standard resolution. The computer continues to use its own graphics
processor to render a single display to its graphics memory. The real "magic" of
making 1 display into 2 occurs inside the DualHead2Go box.

In DualHead2Go, the monitor signal from the computer is first converted to
digital data using various techniques to ensure the best possible conversion.
These techniques include gain compensation to normalize the signal and phase
adjustment to properly interpret the analog input signal.

After the input is converted to digital data, DualHead2Go uses Matrox
patent-pending technology to divide the display information into 2 display
outputs. These signals are then converted into an analog signal using 2 DAC
(digital-to-analog) converters and passed through the 2 standard analog (HD-15)
monitor connectors at the back of the DualHead2Go box. Throughout the process,
no pixels are added, dropped, scaled, or otherwise changed. DualHead2Go
preserves all the on-screen information provided by the original monitor signal.