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Matrox Extio remote graphics unit selected to power new ABB 800xA Extended Operator Workplace

Montreal, Canada, March 14, 2007- Matrox Graphics Inc., announced that its line of Extio remote graphics units (RGUs) has 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, minimizing 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 820 feet (250 meters) of fiber-optic cable. Equipped with a Matrox-designed graphics chip, and support for 2 or 4 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 fiber-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 Inc. “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.”

Matrox Extio remote graphics units are also useful for GIS and Earth Imaging applications. Operators in control rooms can benefit from the features of this unique remote graphics technology. A more direct example of how the Extio remote graphics unit is utilized in GIS-related environments is in applications where GIS professionals benefit from the use of multiple monitors. The unique benefits that this product offers is the ability to power up to 4 monitors, 6 USB devices (including keyboard and mouse) and to use audio up to 250m from the host PC. This product is an excellent solution for control room environments as it helps address IT concerns such as: heat, noise and security.

Examples of areas in which professionals using GIS applications are benefiting from Extio technology include, emergency dispatch operation centers, power utility control rooms and control rooms of departments of transportation.