updated 09:10 am EST, Thu November 30, 2006
Multi-display Mac support
Matrox Graphics has announced that its DualHead2Go and TripleHead2Go are now compatible with select Mac systems. From the Graphics eXpansion Module (GXM) product line, both DualHead2Go and TripleHead2Go are palm-sized boxes that connect externally to a notebook or desktop computer and uniquely allow users to attach two or three monitors respectively for an incredible multi-monitor configuration. DualHead2Go enables a fully symmetric dual-monitor setup for Mac notebooks or desktops, while TripleHead2Go can be used to work with a triple-monitor setup. Both offer professionals a larger workspace for managing multiple projects or office applications simultaneously. Graphics eXpansion Modules (GXM) are external devices that are simple to setup, according to the company and require no hardware or software configuration. Matrox DualHead2Go and TripleHead2Go are now shipping for $170 and $300, respectively. [corrected]
The host operating system detects the DualHead2Go and TripleHead2Go like an ultra-widescreen monitor that supports resolutions of up to 2560x1024 and 3840x1024 respectively. The GXM technology then splits this ultra-wide resolution into two or three standard resolutions and sends the information to the attached monitors. The GXM maximizes the capabilities of the Mac by using its existing graphics hardware and software for all 2D, 3D, and video acceleration.
Matrox GXM technology will revolutionize the Mac platform with its unprecedented portability and ease-of-use," says Caroline Injoyan, business development manager, Matrox Graphics Inc. "Now Mac users can finally benefit from Matrox's multi-monitor expertise, traditionally reserved for PC environments, by simply incorporating a GXM into their system setup."
The devices requires Mac OS X 10.4. Both devices work with the MacBook Pro, Mac Pro, and 20- and 24-inch iMac, while the DualHead2Go also supports the MacBook, Mac mini, and 17-inch iMac. The company notes that the maximum ultra-widescreen resolution that is supported with DualHead2Go is system dependent: systems based on Intel graphics will have a maximum resolution limit of 2048x768 except for the following Intel systems based on Intel GMA X3000 will support a maximum resolution of 2560x1024: 946GZ, G965 and Q965/Q963. The company has posted a free compatibility tool that allows users to easily check their systems for compatibility as well as posted a systems matrix for compatibility.