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New Dual-Monitor Mac Products Coming

Partnership between Village Tronic and Trident Microsystems (July 24, 2001)
New dual-monitor and 3D solutions for the Mac will result from a partnership between veteran 3D graphics and chip maker Trident Microsystems and Village Tronic, a supplier of Macintosh dual-display technology.

The companies will target the Apple market with products for both notebook and desktop systems. Among the initial offerings touted by executives were products based on Trident's VTBook graphics expansion card for notebooks and the VTDualDE, to be offered as a true dual DVI-I or dual ADC graphics card for desktops. These would make it posible, for instance, to connect a 22-inch Cinema Display to a PowerBook and add a second 17-inch Apple flat panel to a PowerMac.

Trident chips are known for their small size, resulting in lower power dissipation and lower manufacturing cost. Among the customers for its 3D graphics chips are OEM PC notebook manufacturers such as Toshiba and Hewlett-Packard..

Village Tronic has already used Trident's 3D graphics chips to develop dual-display graphics add-on cards for the Apple market. All new graphics cards announced at Macworld 2001 in New York employ Trident chips and include a PCMCIA graphics expansion card for notebooks and a flexible dual-display AGP/PCI add-in card for desktops featuring VGA, DVI-I and ADC interfaces. Its goal is to develop dual-display graphics connectivity for any AGP-, PCI- or PCMCIA-enabled Macintosh.

Village Tronic, based in Hanover, Germany, says its products are tailored for creative professionals. "We understand the importance of being able to offer a more fine-tuned set of resolutions to balance a large screen size over the readability of text," says Hubert Neumeier, president and CEO. "By selecting the maximum set of refresh rate choices, the creative professional can get the utmost out of the display they already have."

For more information, see the companies' web sites at and

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