Matrox has announced the world's first single-slot PCIe x16 graphics card with support for up to eight monitors
. With 2GB of dedicated memory, the Matrox M9188 can drive up to eight DisplayPort monitors at 2560x1600 or DVI Single-Link at 1920x1200 per display from a single computer. The card is compatible with 32 and 64-bit iterations of Windows XP, Vista, 7, Server 2003 and 2008, as well as Linux.
If eight monitors aren't enough, you can stuff another M9188 into the same system (provided there is a second PCIe x16 slot) and attach up to 16 displays. The card offers various desktop management features, such as independent or stretched desktop modes. Matrox designed the M9188 with energy, transportation, process control, financial trading, and other mission-critical environments in mind.
The company plans to start shipping the M9188
at some point during this quarter, and it's priced at $1,995 -- a fraction of what eight large-screen PC monitors would cost, mind you.