Matrox brings unique TripleHead Support to Leading Workstations and Laptops
Posted Mar 2, 2006

Matrox Graphics Inc. has announced the new TripleHead2Go, a palm-sized box that uniquely allows supports of a Microsoft Windows desktop with a stretched resolution of up to 3840x1024 across three displays with full acceleration on all displays. TripleHead2Go appears to the system as an ultra-widescreen monitor and simply connects to a computer using a standard analog VGA monitor cable. Using Matrox patent-pending technology, TripleHead2Go then splits the Microsoft Windows desktop into three separate 1280 x 1024 screens of information, and displays across three independent monitors.

Building on the momentum of Matrox's DualHead2Go, with TripleHead2Go, Matrox has introduced a new category of patent-pending hardware products to the market called Graphics eXpansion Modules (GXMs). GXMs are not graphics accelerators; rather they are external boxes that connect to a computer using a standard analog VGA monitor cable. The system's existing graphics chip is used for rendering of all 2D, 3D and video and the GXM works in conjunction to add multi-monitor support.

TripleHead2Go allows digital content creators to upgrade existing workstations to TripleHead displays to enable a Surround Design experience. With Matrox Surround Design, multiple views of a design can be examined concurrently; more windows space is available for toolbars and important information that needs to be accessed quickly. DCC applications such as Autodesk 3ds max, Autodesk Maya and Newtek LightWave 3D allows users to work with several windows and viewports, which often must be viewed simultaneously. The triple-desktop Surround Design feature allows the artist to place all these UI elements (viewports, image windows, toolbars and dialogs) in ways that best enable their own workflows, allowing them to exercise their creativity, rather than worrying about the limitations of their workspace.

TripleHead2Go includes support for Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows XP, and is compatible with many professional- and enthusiast-class desktop and laptop PCs equipped with certain NVIDIA- and ATI-enabled graphics chipsets and add-in-boards. Maximum resolutions supported may vary depending on the GPU version, please check Matrox's website for more details.

Available in April 2006, TripleHead2Go has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $299USD. This product will be available from authorized resellers worldwide or, in North America and Europe, directly from Matrox at http://shopmatrox.com.