Product category: PC-Compatible Boards and Assemblies
News Release from: Matrox Graphics | Subject: Extio
Edited by the Electronicstalk Editorial Team on 15 March 2007

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ABB is using Extio remote graphics units in its new System 800xA Extended Operator Workplace

Matrox Graphics Extio remote graphics units (RGUs) have been selected by ABB Automation Technologies for integration in the new ABB System 800xA Extended Operator Workplace - a complete workplace that provides a broad view of production processes to control room operators, minimising production downtime and helping to ensure the highest-quality output possible.

Matrox Extio technology uniquely allows for the extension of the user interface of the computer - the keyboard, mouse, monitors, audio peripherals and graphics hardware - from the rest of the computer by up to 250m of fibre-optic cable.

Equipped with a Matrox-designed graphics chip, and support for two or four displays, these units offer unparalleled performance and image quality over great distance.

'The stability, distance - using very little cabling, multi-display support, and image quality provided with Matrox Extio products were key determining factors in our decision to incorporate this technology into the 800xA Extended Operator Workplace', says Per Lundmark, Marketing Manager - 800xA Extended Operator Workplace, ABB Automation Technologies.

'Using a single fibre-optic cable we can now connect up to four monitors, as well as a keyboard and mouse to each certified Operator Workplace computer with perfect quality over a long distance'.

'The unique Matrox Extio feature set has helped us to offer such a comprehensive productivity-enhancing solution to our customers'.

Matrox Extio RGUs provide extra security and reliability by allowing the critical parts of a computer like the disks, memory, and processors to be kept in a separate, safe, secure room.

This also saves space at the operator stations, removes a potentially noisy computer, and allows system administrators to access and maintain the system at a separate location.

'This design win reinforces our position as a global leader in the development of innovative, productivity-enhancing graphics technology that meets the needs of professionals in the field of process automation and other mission-critical environments', says Samuel Recine, Business Development Manager - Critical Decision Systems, Matrox Graphics.

'The Extio series of RGUs are ideal solutions for IT managers in high-reliability computing environments, enabling them to address such issues as system security, heat, noise, system maintenance and support'.

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