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DisplayLink, a provider of USB graphics technology, this week unveiled the DL-5500 USB 3.0 chipset with support for 4K resolutions. The DL-5500 is the first member of the DL-5000 family, enabling users to expand their desktop/notebook workspace to take advantage of the new ultra-high-definition monitors.

“4K over USB3 is here and it could not be easier to deploy,” said John Cummins, senior vice president sales and marketing of DisplayLink.

The new DL-5500 universal graphics adapter (UGA) chipset further expands DisplayLink's technology, enabling users to connect existing notebooks/tablets or desktops to 4K UHD screens using a single USB 3.0 plug-and-display bus-powered connection. The solution is uniquely designed to flexibly expand existing DisplayLink enabled docking stations and adapters while maintaining a simple single USB connection to the host.

"The 4K monitor market is fast taking shape and offers productivity workers an unparalleled experience for viewing statistical data, spreadsheets, and graphical data. We are really excited to lead the industry with UHD 4K graphics support with [our] portfolio. IT managers and CIO's want to future proof their investments. Products based on the DL-5500 allow them to add support for 4K monitors using existing and future notebooks [and] tablets as long as they have a USB port,” said Mr. Cummins.

The DisplayLink DL-5550 launch is accompanied by DisplayLink's proven software drivers with updates available from DisplayLink website.

"The easy way to 4K. 4K monitors have arrived and so have 4K USB docks and adapters with DisplayLink's latest chipsets. No special connectors or cables are needed.  Just a USB3 connection to a DL-5500 enabled dock or adapter that is connected to a 4K monitor; download the latest DisplayLink driver, and its ready-to-go.  A simple and easy way to get 4K," said Jon Peddie, the president of Jon Peddie Research.

Tags: DisplayLink, 4K, UHDTV, UHD, USB

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Question is, how many Hz is the output? 30Hz? 60Hz? Can do more?
1 0 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 01/11/14 05:59:22 AM]
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Thunderbolt not required.
0 1 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 01/11/14 11:22:05 PM]
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This doesn't allow daisy chaining, nor external PCIe peripheral.
0 0 [Posted by: trumpet-205  | Date: 01/12/14 07:22:17 PM]
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What a bunch of fuckers. They continue ignoring the USB A/V specification and writing proprietary bullshit with awful OS support. They advertised Linux support for their DL-3000 line and then wrote a nastygram in the forums telling people asking for it they didn't deserve it.

Someone needs to build some USB A/V chipsets based on H264 and give these un-honest tarts some healthy competition!

It made me so happy that Mac OSX Mavericks irrevocably broke their driver's accelerated path & turned the experience to shit. That's what you get for being closed source proprietary junk!

My opinion would change on a dime if and only if they provide the open source community - doing such good work with DRM nodes in Linux - enough means to develop open source drivers, get by their locked down proprietary drivers. I still hope USB A/V - the actual standard that does what these profiteers make proprietary - chipsets become available, but it would be nice if the massive slew of products out there now were something the open source world could advance the use of, and do cool things with.

DisplayLink! How could you?
3 0 [Posted by: rektide  | Date: 01/11/14 11:10:39 AM]
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You're right - it's terrible they as a company continue to produce this garbage, marketing it to clueless OEM's that forget there are entire ecosystems outside of windows, like mac and linux. Every time I look at a laptop and they only offer this "great usb3.0 dock solution with video" I cringe, as it's useless to me under linux. They're truly the only game in town as well, which is even worse.

Shame on such a company, their driver is no more secure under windows than it'd be under linux. They totally miss the entire embedded market out of cluelessness. Tell the media cartels to shove hdcp up their arses and just release a driver already.
0 0 [Posted by: Mike Butash  | Date: 04/03/14 04:32:08 AM]
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