Montreal, CanadaGraphics subsystem supplier Matrox Graphics is pre-announcing a low profile plug-in card for PCI Express applications. The company's Millennium P650 LP PCIe 64 graphics card, priced at less that $250, will feature native PCI Express x16 support and 64-Mbytes of graphics memory. The low-profile form-factor card should be available this July.
Significantly, the Millennium P650 LP PCIe 64 will make use of the company's so-called Matrox DualHead technology. It lets you use two digital or analog monitors at a time. These can operate in either an independent mode or in a stretched linked mode.
Maximum resolution (per display) is 1920 x 1200-pixels for digital monitors, using one or two monitors. For two analog monitors resolution is 1920 x 1440-pixels. One analog monitor can show 2048 x 1536-pixels.
In addition, the new plug-in will feature multi-display 2D/3D OpenGL and Microsoft DirectX acceleration, and a unified Windows 2000 and Windows XP display driver (it works for Matrox's Millennium P-Series and Parhelia Series graphics cards). Matrox-certified display drivers will also be available for popular CAD (computer aided design) and GIS (Geographic Information System) software applications.
This board will also come with a bag of software tricks. For example, Matrox Clone will let you view a copy of one display on the other display. Similarly, Matrox Multi-Display Zoom will let you view a portion of one display full-screen on the other display. Matrox PureVideo will let you view hardware-accelerated video playback in a video window on one display and full-screen on the other display.
Other features will include Matrox Glyph Anti-Aliasing for hardware-accelerated smoothing of text edges, and support for customizable unattended installation for rapid multi-system setup. The board also builds on the firm's existing Millennium P-Series, ensuring long product life-cycles, and adding to Matrox's family of PCI Express cards, including the recently released QID LP PCIe and Millennium P650 PCIe 128 products.
The QID LP PCIe is a PCI Express x16 graphics card that can drive four displays at a time. The Millennium P650 PCIe 128 product also uses the company's DualHead technology, support two digital or analog monitors at a time and packing 128-Mbytes of graphics memory.
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The Millennium P650 LP PCIe 64 graphics card will be available from authorized resellers or, in North America and Europe, directly from Matrox.
For more information, call Matrox product manager Sam Recine, at Matrox Graphics Inc., 1055 St. Regis Blvd., Dorval, Quebec, Canada H9P 2T4. Phone: 800-361-1408, or (514) 822-6000. Fax: (514) 822-6363. E-mail: email@example.com
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