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January 11, 2008

Sony VAIO USB-Based Notebook Dock Opts for DisplayLink for Japanese Market

By Niladri Sekhar Nath, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Sony has opted for DisplayLink’s network display technology for its Sony VAIO Universal Dock. Sony VAIO Universal Dock is the first USB-based universal notebook dock product on the Japanese market that helps notebook users connect either a VGA or DVI display to a laptop using USB 2.0.

The Sony VAIO Universal Dock can be used with any display with a VGA or DVI that has a resolution up to 1600 x 1200 (UXGA). Leveraging the Sony VAIO Universal Dock along with universal USB 2.0 connector to the PC, corporate IT departments will be able to deploy these docks to any user in an enterprise.
The Sony VAIO Universal Docking Station supports Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Vista Aero. The dock features Ethernet and audio connections as well as four USB 2.0 ports, making it easy to connect and reconnect a laptop to a display, a network and to peripherals.
"The universal notebook dock market is rapidly expanding because it delivers terrific convenience to consumers while reducing costs for notebook makers and making deployment much easier for organizations," said Hamid Farzaneh, DisplayLink president and CEO. "With its new dock, Sony has expanded the universality of the products in this market and combined that functionality with the attractive industrial design that is characteristic of the VAIO product line."
DisplayLink technology includes high-performance Hardware Rendering Engine (HRE) network display chips (DL-160 and DL120) and Virtual Graphics Card (VGC) software that power high-quality, fully interactive 32-bit true-color graphics with real-time video playback across a USB link.
They are designed for monitor manufacturers, PC OEMs and PC accessory companies who want to develop easy to use high performance products such as USB-connected monitors, video-capable USB laptop docking stations, Skype (News - Alert) video phones, picture frames and other devices. The company's adaptive compression algorithm and graphics protocol can also transmit graphics over other standard network interfaces, including wireless USB, Ethernet or Wi-Fi.
Niladri Sekhar Nath is a contributing writer for TMCnet covering telecommunications, service providers and networking.
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