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DisplayLink Reveals USB 3.0 to HDMI Adapter

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This adapter will pump desktop or laptop graphics across a USB 3.0 interface to an HDMI-ready display.

winstars usb 2.0 to hdmi adapterwinstars usb 2.0 to hdmi adapterTuesday during the Intel Developers Forum, DisplayLink introduced the latest Winstars adapter that pumps desktop or laptop graphics across the USB interface to a connected external display. This particular model featured an HDMI connection on one end, and a USB 3.0 connection on the other.

"Winstars is set to deliver a very well-timed connectivity solution that builds on the inherent performance benefits of SuperSpeed USB 3.0," said Dennis Crespo, DisplayLink executive vice president of marketing and business development. "DisplayLink adds on the ability to stream high resolution video and enriched audio over the common connection and with the Winstars USB 3.0 to HDMI adapter, consumers will be able to enjoy a quality PC to HDTV entertainment experience."

The key component in the USB 3.0 to HDMI adapter will be Winstars' DL-3500 chip. According to the company, it's capable of high-performance SuperSpeed USB virtual graphics and will allow consumers to use an HDTV monitor in either mirror mode or extended mode, at resolutions up to 2560 x 1600. Even more, the adapter will promise to deliver ultra-low latency, smooth window and cursor movement, and full support for full-screen 3D games and video playback. It will even sport 2.1/5.1 channel audio and auto-sensing hot plug support.

Of course, if a desktop or laptop already has an HDMI-out port, the adapter may not be required. Still, for those looking to expend their virtual desktop, Winstars currently offers a similar HDMI adapter for USB 2.0 ports (seen above), a USB 2.0 to YPBPR adapter (component), and even a USB 2.0 to DVI adapter capable of up to 1920 x 1080.

The USB 3.0 to HDMI adapter shown at the Intel Developers Forum is "ready for the next generation of Intel CPUs and USB 3.0-ready systems" according to DisplayLink, and will be released "soon" for an unspecified price.

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    sgtopmobile , September 14, 2011 8:11 PM
    useless, who the FUC* will have USB 3.0 in a laptop or PC but no HDMI???
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    Anonymous , September 14, 2011 8:06 PM
    because HDMI cant do audio we plonked these here RCA ports..... !?#@*
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    sgtopmobile , September 14, 2011 8:11 PM
    useless, who the FUC* will have USB 3.0 in a laptop or PC but no HDMI???
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    amk-aka-Phantom , September 14, 2011 8:16 PM
    sgtopmobileuseless, who the FUC* will have USB 3.0 in a laptop or PC but no HDMI???


    Hmm, interesting... you're probably right, I haven't seen a single device like that. Still, it's good to see there ARE adapters for pretty much everything nowadays - I remember the old days when you would be stuck with one type of port until you trash the device.
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    bystander , September 14, 2011 8:30 PM
    sgtopmobileuseless, who the FUC* will have USB 3.0 in a laptop or PC but no HDMI???


    That was my first thought, but you do have to realize that very soon, most all computers will be equipped with USB 3.0, and then it will useful.
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    bin1127 , September 14, 2011 8:36 PM
    Why are you trying to output 1600 to your 1080 tv?
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    amk-aka-Phantom , September 14, 2011 8:54 PM
    Quote:
    That was my first thought, but you do have to realize that very soon, most all computers will be equipped with USB 3.0, and then it will useful.


    Sure, but the point is that they'll all have HDMI, as well.
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    bv90andy , September 14, 2011 9:26 PM
    A long time ago I was hoping that by USB 3.0 they will make it push video natively... how many years will it still take until we'll have a single plug for everything?
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    brucen13 , September 14, 2011 9:39 PM
    sgtopmobileuseless, who the FUC* will have USB 3.0 in a laptop or PC but no HDMI???


    Most of the article is marketing fluff and the real news is the second to last paragraph where USB 2.0 laptops and desktops that don't have HDMI ports can use this technology. Not that screen res will allow 1080, but probably 720.
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    mavroxur , September 14, 2011 9:39 PM
    sgtopmobileuseless, who the FUC* will have USB 3.0 in a laptop or PC but no HDMI???




    People wanting to run multiple displays on a system with one HDMI port.


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    jn77 , September 14, 2011 10:25 PM
    bystanderThat was my first thought, but you do have to realize that very soon, most all computers will be equipped with USB 3.0, and then it will useful.


    I am still waiting to see a mini 6 port, display port eyefinity card in any of the high end laptops.

    That really would make this USB solution pointless. I need my 6 30 inch LCD's connected to my laptop.
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    rzgibbs , September 15, 2011 12:41 AM
    This would be more interesting if the HDMI also had its CEC enabled.
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    mman74 , September 15, 2011 1:07 AM
    The only benefit I can think of is maybe a secondary outputted display or if your existing HDMI slot broke. I mean even desktop graphics card have HDMI out!
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    alidan , September 15, 2011 10:27 AM
    amk-aka-phantomSure, but the point is that they'll all have HDMI, as well.


    i can see laptops not having hdmi to save a bit of money/port space for more usb3 ports.
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    bucknutty , September 15, 2011 1:16 PM
    This device might be good for anyone who wants to add a third monitor to a laptop. Any computer with USB3 will have an HDMI and the ability to drive 2 screens (Laptop screen + 1 HDMI,or VGA) so this would be an easy way to drive 3 screens. It could also be good for someone with a newer budget desktop that just wants to plug a cable in rather than adding a PCIe video card for an extra monitor.

    In my office many of the laptop users have a USB2-VGA/DVI adapter. They seem to work fine for basic coding and e-mail.
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    Wish I Was Wealthy , September 15, 2011 3:00 PM
    Good One Displaylink & keep it up.
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    msgun98 , September 17, 2011 1:18 PM
    Add some more USB ports on this thing and you've got yourself a USB 3.0 laptop docking station. Make that and then call me.