Implementing cost effective display
communications and control
softOSD provides an OEM with the most efficient
means of managing connected display hardware. Unlike solutions
requiring host-to-display control paths via USB or special
cables, softOSD directly controls the display device
through standard video cables - and itís fully interface-independent.
softOSD removes the burden of additional hardware
cost-adders in display control applications.
is the most compatible solution available today, enabling
reliable control through a wide variety of graphics chips
Ė all the way from Cirrus Logic and Tseng Labs to the
latest S3 Chrome and Radeon HD. Itís compatible with
all relevant Windows operating systems from Windows 95
through Windows 7 - even in Safe Mode. Moreover, softOSDís
direct hardware support not only allows display control
through all heads of a multi-headed graphics card, itís
also highly optimized, yielding what is easily the fastest
Comprehensive compatibility is the critical element in
the process of removing conventional control elements
from display devices to achieve cost-down and design benefits.
In addition, sending command sequences and scripts can
enhance user interaction and on-the-fly display customization
but doing so requires sufficient effective bandwidth.
softOSD delivers both.
Universal architecture for seamless development
softOSD has been implemented from the ground up
as a highly-efficient module Ė it runs in the background
with minimal impact on system performance and resources.
An API and examples are provided so that OEMs can quickly
author their own OSD-replacement applications with a custom
user interface. Superior, next-generation architecture
in combination with the widest range of communication
channels make softOSD the ideal choice. Itís equally
well-suited for the creation of user-centric applications
like OSD-replacement and color calibration; or remote
ones like asset management and network control.
softOSD is universally accessible under multi-user
Windows operating systems. It also accommodates multi-monitor
configurations, and is equally at home on VGA, DVI, HDMI or
DisplayPort interfaces. Interface-independence is ensured by
implementing control via the Display Data Channel between
host and display device. And softOSD's unprecedented
communications speed provides UI responsiveness even at
first launch when all display control parameters must
be read. It also provides the basis for applying sequences
of commands that allows an OEM to quickly customize the
display for different users or on-the-fly as applications
softOSD is the key communications building block
that enables Display and System OEMs to create control
applications for their displays whether the target device
is a CRT monitor, an LCD, a business projector, an HDTV
or the display component of a home theater Media PC.