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White Paper: Hybrid Multi-monitor Support Enabling new usage models for Intel® Embedded Platforms

Hybrid Multi-Monitor Support: Intel® Embedded Platforms

Executive Summary
Hybrid Multi-monitor is one form of Intel® Hybrid Graphics Support where integrated graphics—graphics built into the motherboard chipset—is available to operate simultaneously with add-in or “external” graphics. In the past this use case was not supported by Intel, but now Hybrid Multi-monitor is supported with Intel® graphics drivers, starting with the latest Intel® chipsets incorporating integrated graphics (e.g., Intel® 4 and 5 Series Platforms). Please refer to your chipset capability list, or contact your Intel Representative to verify your chipset has this capability. This feature enables concurrent function of Intel® integrated graphics processing unit (GPU) along with a discrete GPU solution, allowing for operability of greater than two independently-driven displays. With the availability of these additional display options, innovative embedded usage models may be employed, while creating the possibility of a more immersive and efficient system design. This paper will focus on describing embedded usage models supported by this feature, modes of display operation, Hybrid Multi-monitor enablement, operating system considerations, functionality and limitations, and provide a power analysis for this scenario.

• More simultaneous independent displays.
• “Full value” from the Intel® platform solution by enabling simultaneous use of integrated graphics with external graphics.
• Provides greater graphics scalability and flexibility.
• Enables a wider range of graphics based usage models.

Read the full Hybrid Multi-Monitor Support: Intel® Embedded Platforms White Paper.

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