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USB3.0 Host Controller Driver Update

We have seen an increase of issues with an outdated USB Host Controller driver on Windows 7 and Skylake machines lately.  If you are experiencing difficulties with your DisplayLink based Targus Universal Docking Station, please consider the latest driver from Intel at: https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/22824/USB-3-0-Driver-Intel-USB-3-0-eXtensible-Host-Controller-Driver-for-Intel-8-9-100-Series-and-Intel-C220-C610-Chipset-Family?product=65855

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Sizing the PSU for USB Type-C Power Pass-Through

It may appear that some USB Type-C docking stations, hubs, and adaptors do not work in applications requiring USB Type-C Power Delivery Pass-Through.  This is the case when an undersized Power Supply Unit (PSU) is used.   All of the power sinks (host and device) in the USB Type-C PD connection, even the device with the PD Pass-Though port, must be considered when sizing the source (PSU).  For this reason, a […]

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DisplayLink Releases v.8.2M0 for Windows

DisplayLink announced v.8.2M0 is now available.  Using this version of the software should work, but Targus has no plans to validate this version of software and drivers for use with Targus Universal Docking Stations and associated utilities.  This release has not been submitted for distribution on Windows Update for Targus Universal Docking Stations and Targus is not providing .MSI files for it.  This version primarily applies to the Windows 10 […]

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The Only Universal USB Type-C Device

Scope While USB Type-C (USB-C) ports can enable video, data, and power over a single connection it doesn’t mean all these capabilities have been implemented on the host, device, or peripheral.  Because USB Type-C is the name of the connector, and not necessarily the protocols, modes, or capabilities of it in a port configuration, it is not always clear why two USB-C ports can be physically connected (quite easy by […]

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Thunderbolt 3 Cable, Port and Power Performance Expectations

Thunderbolt 3 bandwidth is shared bandwidth which means all connected devices will use the bandwidth for all protocols that transfer through the same Thunderbolt 3 cable (DisplayPort over USB-C traffic and traffic such as USB, Ethernet, and Audio). Cables It is important to understand the effects of Thunderbolt 3 cables used between Thunderbolt 3 ports for both power capability and data rates.  Consider whether the connection is Host to Device […]

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Do Not Use Targus ACA41 with Lenovo X1 Tablet

After the latest Lenovo updates including BIOS 1.63 dated 2/17/2017, Targus has received reports that the Lenovo X1 Tablet host no longer working with the Targus ACA41 for USB Type-C Power Delivery.  Sometimes recovery is possible by hard reset of the X1 Tablet (via pin hole button on back and under kick-stand of X1).  Note, BIOS version 1.55 dated 8/10/2016 through version 1.62 appeared to function. The issue is not […]

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Targus MAC Address Clone Utility v.1.01.019 Released

Targus has finished all preliminary engineering testing of the Targus MAC Address Clone Utility version 1.01.019 for Windows.  It is now ready for security conscious enterprise customers to use in their environment.  Please contact your Targus DockTor or Targus sales representative to learn more.  It can be downloaded for free on each of the Targus UDS product pages at http://www.targus.com .  Current users can also right click on the task […]

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Thunderbolt 3 USB Type-C

Thunderbolt 3 can also supply up to 100W of power on the USB Type-C connection, but doesn’t have to support power at all.  Thunderbolt 3 brings Thunderbolt to USB-C at speeds up to 40 Gbps, creating one compact port that simultaneously supports high video and data bandwidth and power on a single cable.  A Thunderbolt 3 port on a PC can support all generations of Thunderbolt (including Thunderbolt 3), all […]

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Which Dock Is Best for You?

With all the docking station choices from Targus, it’s sometimes hard to choose the right one.  Ultimately it depends on the application, what you want to do with your universal docking station based workstation, but there are a few things to consider. Please keep in mind, the host doesn’t necessarily determine the dock recommendation because all of Targus Universal Docking Stations (UDS) are just that — universal. They can be […]

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Targus Validates DisplayLink v.8.1M0 Windows Software for Targus Universal Docking Stations

The DocKtors have validated the latest release version 8.1M0 (including Targus Universal Docking Station device drivers) for all DisplayLink-based Targus Universal Docking Stations on all version of Windows 7, 8.1, and 10 through Redstone build 15002. Version 8.1M0 is required for any DL6950 based Targus Universal Docking Station including models DOCK160 and DOCK177. The software is available from targus.com and Windows Update for all Targus Universal Docking Stations.  Enterprise customers […]

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