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Xenia Series Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Where do I go to get support for the Matrox Xenia Series board?
  2. What operating systems does Xenia Series support?
  3. What display types and models are supported by Xenia Series?
  4. What are the maximum resolutions supported by Xenia and Xenia Pro?
  5. How do I calibrate my monitors?
  6. What are ExtendiGray and ExtendiColor?
  7. Can two Xenia Series boards be used in one system?
  8. I have a Xenia Series board powering three displays and I am looking for a low-cost solution to drive a fourth display. What board do you recommend?
  9. How do I activate Matrox PowerDesk?
  10. What is Matrox PowerDesk Zoom?
  11. Where can I get the manual or user guide?
  12. I'm a developer. How do I get the Xenia SDK?
1. Where do I go to get support for the Matrox Xenia Series board?

Generally speaking, Matrox Xenia Series boards are offered by medical OEM display manufacturers and/or their representatives agents and partners. These boards have undergone specific testing and compliance by these partners, in some cases achieving specific government certifications. Associated software delivered in the partner package, including drivers and utilities, may rely on the partner's approved software releases. These products are then sold to PACS developers and integrators who may adopt a specific board and software combination to deploy.

ISVs are thus encouraged to contact the appropriate display partner for first level support—including approved drivers—since all partners will differ in their delivered solutions. ISVs performing higher level program development and design may work directly with Matrox to architect applications in order to take full advantage of the Matrox hardware.

End users are encouraged to contact their solution provider first before contacting the ISV, PACS developer, and/or display partner.

2. What operating systems does Xenia Series support?

Please check with your display provider in order to obtain approved Microsoft® Windows® XP, Windows Vista®, and Windows 7 drivers. One (32- or 64-bit) driver is required and can be installed across XP, Vista and/or Windows7. Also ensure that appropriate updates and/or any hotfixes are installed.

End users are encouraged to contact their solution provider first before contacting the ISV, PACS developer, and/or display partner.

If you can't find the appropriate drivers, please contact Matrox Graphics, and we will have someone address your inquiry.

3. What display types and models are supported by Xenia Series?

Xenia supports a wide range of medical and non-medical display models. If your display is not listed on our website, please contact Matrox Graphics and we will have someone address your inquiry.

Each of Xenia Series' triple-display independent outputs support single link, dual-link and packed pixel. For example, the Navigation Console can have a single link display, the Imaging 1 output can have a dual-link display, and the Imaging 2 output can have a packed pixel display.

Digital monitors are supported on all three outputs, with support for analog monitors from the Navigation Console output at a maximum of 2.3MP. Please note that Xenia's special features including DLC™, hardware IDs, hardware LUTs, and other similar features are only supported when using a digital monitor.

4. What are the maximum resolutions supported by Xenia and Xenia Pro?

Xenia supports up to 3.3MP on each of its three digital outputs while the Xenia Pro digital outputs can go up to 4MP for the Navigation Console, and up to 8MP for Imaging 1 and Imaging 2 outputs (from the splitter cable).

Set-up tip: If you wish to connect only two 5MP displays to a Xenia Pro, connect the two monitors to the splitter cable provided, leaving the Navigation Console (the DVI-I onboard) connection free. At boot up, the Navigation Console will be deactivated and the boot screen (BIOS/POST) information will be displayed on the first Imaging display. Note that you can leave the Navigation Console disconnected on both Xenia or Xenia Pro boards and boot on the Imaging 1 display, up to the maximum resolution supported by that connection.

If you are already using a previous Matrox product for medical imaging, such as MED Series, RAD Series, TheatreVUE Series, or AuroraVX Series, please consult the Table of Supported Resolutions.

5. How do I calibrate my monitors?

Calibration should be discussed with the individual partners. Display partners may have their own calibration devices that connect directly to their displays which may contain built-in sensors to perform some calibration and/or monitoring, together with a recommended software package.

Display calibration can be accomplished inside the monitor, on the board, or a combination of both. The Xenia board has a 13-bit LUT and outperforms any off-the-shelf commercial graphics card with an 8-bit LUT. Matrox does not offer its own calibration product; however, a third-party calibration package can take advantage of Xenia's higher number of input values, providing more shades in color or gray which can be displayed by the system. This translates to a higher precision which can improve the quality of the display output.

6. What are ExtendiGray and ExtendiColor?

ExtendiGray is selected for the following reasons:

  • You have a color display and you want to mimic a grayscale display to avoid color distraction
  • You have a grayscale display and you want to use a higher quality grayscale display mode so that your applications are not affected by the legacy 8-bit modes, in which desktop icons and color schemes are affected
  • You have a 10-bit capable monitor and you want to allow the Matrox board to drive the display with 10-bit per pixel data
  • You have an 8-bit color or grayscale display, but you want to use the Xenia Series circuitry to reproduce a 10-bit grayscale image using advanced Frame Rate Control technology

ExtendiColor is selected for the following reasons:

  • You have a 10-bit color display and want to display 10-bits per color pixel
  • You have an 8-bit color display, but you want to use the Xenia Series circuitry to reproduce a 10-bit color image using advanced Frame Rate Control technology

Note: Matrox Xenia Series can provide 10-bit rendering precision for complete DICOM or CIELAB calibration to 8-bit and 10-bit color or grayscale displays by enabling appropriate Frame Rate Control (FRC) and associated electronics on the Xenia boards, coupled with the 13-bit onboard GAMMA LUTs.

7. Can two Xenia Series boards be used in one system?

Yes, you can use two Xenia or two Xenia Pro boards or one of each. With two Xenia Pro boards, you can configure up to six displays with maximum digital resolutions of 2 x 4MP + 4 x 8MP.

8. I have a Xenia Series board powering three displays and I am looking for a low-cost solution to drive a fourth display. What board do you recommend?

Matrox recommends using a Matrox M9120 or M9125 board along with the Xenia or Xenia Pro product. The Xenia driver package supports this combination so there is no need to install multiple drivers, facilitating deployment and eliminating driver conflicts.

Some systems come pre-installed with a non-Matrox graphics device. Although limited testing has been done with these products, some clients have used these combinations without any problems. Please contact the solution provider who sold you the Matrox board and they will take you through the appropriate steps with their approved Matrox drivers. You will then need to consult with the ISV as to what features and display protocols they require for each display. Depending on your set-up, you may wish to configure the Matrox boards so that one of its displays is set to be the Primary Display in order for Matrox drivers to allocate the necessary resources for hardware acceleration with Windows.

9. How do I activate Matrox PowerDesk?

Unless your administrator has restricted access to Matrox PowerDesk, you can find PowerDesk from the Start Menu under Matrox Graphics or look for the Matrox icon in the Tray Icons. Additionally, you can right click on the desktop to get the context menu, where you may find "Launch Matrox PowerDesk", otherwise go to either "Display Properties" or "Personalize -> Display Settings" and go to the Advanced Tab to find PowerDesk.

To find out how to use the features of Matrox PowerDesk, access the help files by selecting "Help and Troubleshooting".

If the selection is not there, your administrator may have restricted its use. Please contact your administrator for further assistance.

10. What is Matrox PowerDesk Zoom?

From our experience and long standing feature set available with the Matrox TheatreVUE Series, Matrox Xenia Series inherits and improves upon the ability to replicate a display to a secondary display, or select a region of one display and clone and scale it to a secondary display [provided there is sufficient display resolution on the secondary display, large screen display (e.g. 50" HDTV), or projector to do so].

The ability to replicate or clone up to two 5MP displays to a secondary feature display allows mammography and high resolution imaging to be managed across a variety of display solutions.

For more information, read the Matrox Graphics Pulse or view the how to video at Zoom in on Xenia Series.

11. Where can I get the manual or user guide?

You can download the Matrox Xenia Series Manual here.

12. I'm a developer. How do I get the Xenia SDK?

Please contact Matrox Graphics, and we will have someone address your inquiry.

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