Product of the Day: Matrox Millennium G550 Dual DVI

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Product: Matrox Millennium G550 Dual DVIManufacturer: Matrox Graphics Inc.Address: 1055 Saint-Regis Blvd.Dorval, QuebecCanada H9P 2T4Telephone: 1-800-361-1408E-mail: graphics.sales@matrox.comURL: matrox.com/mga

Targeting the corporate market of IT professionals and managers, the Millennium G550 Dual DVI graphics card is the first and only graphics accelerator that outputs to either two analog or two digital monitors from a single chip-no external TMDS (transition minimized differential signaling) transmitters required. Supporting crystal-clear images at a resolution of up to 1280 x 1024 on both panels, the Millennium G550 Dual DVI's flexible design allows corporate users to easily upgrade from dual-analog output to dual-digital output through the addition of an external dual-DVI cable. This means that Millennium G550 Dual DVI corporate customers can be DVI-ready at any time, without the added costly and time-consuming task of installing new graphics cards once flat panel support is desired.

A low-profile board supporting both ATX and low-profile brackets, the Millennium G550 Dual DVI is a versatile, powerful 2D/3D accelerator, which in addition to the visionary HeadCasting engine, supports ultra-crisp text, the highest quality digital and analog output in the industry and explosive 2D performance. Additionally, the Millennium G550 is supported by Matrox unified and WHQL-certified drivers for the utmost in system stability.

The Matrox Millennium G550 Dual DVI graphics card and the Dual DVI cable are available off our online store. Current list pricing for single-piece units of the Millennium G550 Dual DVI graphics card is US $150. The Dual DVI cable is available separately for US $59.

Matrox is dedicated to being the choice for the corporate market, by developing technology and products, which respond specifically to business needs. Now with the Matrox Millennium G550 Dual DVI, Matrox is providing business consumers with the most flexible, forward-looking DVI graphics card on the market.

The Millennium G550 Dual DVI is the first and only single-chip dual-DVI graphics card introduced to the corporate world. Everyone from network administrators to day traders can enjoy the benefits of two ultra-crisp digital display outputs powered from a single chip. The Millennium G550 Dual DVI's unique ability to effortlessly upgrade from a dual-analog output to a dual-digital output, through the addition of an external Dual DVI cable, will have corporate customers DVI-ready in no time. "The Millennium G550 Dual DVI graphics card offers a hassle-free and economical solution to business customers," says Dan Wood, vice president of marketing. "Users can upgrade their systems with no intervention whatsoever."

In today's demanding work environment, business professionals require solutions that offer superior quality and increased efficiency. With the Millennium G550 Dual DVI card and included DualHead technology, CAD/CAM users can design a house on their primary monitor, and view a crystal-clear zoomed image of it on their second monitor, to update their design with greater accuracy. Web developers are able to code a web page on their primary monitor while previewing the results on their secondary monitor. Engineers can view an AutoCAD drawing at a resolution of up to 1280 x 1024 on both digital displays, for superior visual quality.

Pioneered by Matrox, award-winning DualHead technology lets a single graphics card on your PC power two displays in a stunning array of productivity-enhancing modes and configurations.

No matter what you use your PC for, it's getting increasingly critical that you be able to view all the information you need, at the right time. This explains the new workplace trend sweeping through mainstream PC users everywhere? multiple monitors. From day traders to high-volume call centers, this innovative multi-monitor graphics technology called DualHead is now transforming the way people work, giving them instant, easy access to all the key information they need.

Matrox PowerDesk for Linux, an open source Graphical User Interface (GUI) based utility, provides Matrox Linux users with a faster more efficient means of managing their desktops.

"As the adoption of Linux among corporate and novice users grows, we wanted to provide consumers with a desktop interface that is easy to use and free of the sometimes complex coding required under the OS," said Alain Thiffault, Matrox Global Software Manager. "PowerDesk for Linux dramatically increases productivity by allowing Linux users to change their desktop settings using our point and click GUI, which is far more efficient then the current text-based approach."

Matrox Linux users can easily configure Matrox DualHead features such as Multi-Display and Clone, as well as make monitor adjustments to resolution settings, pixel depths, and refresh rates. With PowerDesk for Linux, users simply load this utility along with the accompanying driver and can then point and click to enable a desired feature, avoiding the errors that can occur when configuration files are entered manually.

The Matrox open source PowerDesk for Linux runs under XFree86 versions 4.0.3 and 4.1.0 and is compatible with all Matrox G200 , G400, G450, and G550-based graphics cards. It can be downloaded for free from the Matrox driver page

Matrox is a strong supporter of Linux with a dedicated team devoted to further enhancing its compatibility and feature support. Matrox released specifications for its various Millennium graphics cards in 1997, 1998, and 1999 and became the first graphics card company to support single-slot dual-display cards on the Linux operating system in 2000.

Display Memory Type: 32MB DDROperating systems supported: Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows XP, Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, LinuxWarranty: 3 yrsOnline Technical Support forum: www.matrox.com/mga/support/forum/agree.cfm, Mon-Fri 9-5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.Available Upgrades: Dual DVI cable, and the TV-Out cable and Matrox software DVD player bundle.

Key Features
  • Matrox G550 chip

  • 32 MB high-speed Double Data Rate (DDR) memory

  • UltraSharp 360 MHz RAMDAC

  • Outputs award-winning image quality at the highest resolutions

  • Capable of simultaneously powering dual analog monitors/flat-panels or dual digital flat-panels

  • Enables easy upgradeability from dual analog monitors/flat-panels to dual digital flat-panels using the dual-DVI cable

  • Fits into Low Profile or ATX systems

  • Explosive Windows desktop acceleration

  • High-quality DVD playback (Matrox Software DVD Player and TV-Out cable available separately as an upgrade.)

  • Extensive OS support including Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Me & 98, Windows NT, and Linux

  • Optimized for latest Intel Pentium III, Pentium 4, AMD Athlon XP, and AMD Duron platforms

Drivers

Regular driver updates are the key to smoothly functioning hardware. Matrox Millennium G550 AGP cards are backed by the highest-quality, most comprehensive driver support in the industry. This includes Microsoft WHQL-certified drivers for Windows XP and 2000. In addition to OS support, you can download drivers for Matrox cards, BIOS updates, and Matrox Video Tools software. Also, Matrox works with third-party developers to supply Matrox-enhanced game patches, drivers, and software.

Tech Support

With a high level of professionalism and the fastest response times in the industry, Matrox Technical Support works hard to provide accurate information in a friendly manner to ensure that you get the help you need, when you need it. The Matrox online technical support forum brings the expertise of Matrox specialists together with that of experienced users, allowing you to draw upon a vast bank of available knowledge. Matrox technical support is available through a variety of media, including phone, fax, e-mail, and in the form of FAQs. Downloadable product manuals are also available.

Warranty

Matrox proudly backs its products with a rock-solid warranty. Our professionals will determine what may be wrong with your Matrox product and promptly replace defective materials. All Matrox products come with a three-year warranty on parts and free technical support.

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