Matrox announces first PCIe x1 graphics card

Yes, there is more than Nvidia and ATI and just in case you recently wondered whatever happened to Matrox, we have some news for you. Matrox toady announced its Millennium G550 PCIe card, which the company claims is the world's first PCI Express x1 graphics card - which makes it compatible with any standard compliant PCI Express slot.

The new card is based on Matrox' G550 chip, comes with 32 MByte DDR memory, delivers display resolutions of up to 1600 x 1200 pixels and supports output to two digital or analog monitors at a time. The company includes drivers for Windows 2000, XP and Linux (Red Hat, Suse, and Mandrake). The G550 PCIe is not a product that aims at consumers, but, according to Matrox, appeals to "financial and enterprise professionals" instead. The card is available now for $140. (THG)