PLX Technology (http://www.usbduet.com), a global supplier of silicon and software interconnect solutions for the enterprise and consumer markets, says its USB Duet solution for mobile computers enables plug-and-play connectivity with the Apple iPad. Unfortunately, it’s Windows only.
David Raun, vice president of marketing and business development at PLX, says the PLX USB Duet instantly allows users to load content to the iPad or, conversely, share the mobile PC’s larger tactile keyboard, and speakers — all without the need for iTunes software. It’s a combination of PLX-engineered hardware and application software designed directly into original equipment manufacturer’s new netbook and notebook computers.
The USB Duet allows Windows-based computers to share content and functionality with the iPad — or other PCs — simply by attaching a standard USB cable, thus enabling effortless connectivity without the need for special drivers or setup. Common usage models of USB Duet-enabled PCs include sharing an optical disk drive to load multimedia or software, file sharing, storage and backup – all of which is much faster than engaging the cloud.