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About Digital Tigers

Digital Tigers offers by far the most complete multi-monitor product line in the world.

Our mission is to provide complete multi-monitor solutions that work together seamlessly — from multi-screen desktop displays (Zenview), to desktop workstations (Stratosphere), to notebook docking stations (SideCar), to multi-monitor software utilities (Zenview Manager).

Beyond complete solutions, we also offer the industry’s highest quality components at the industry’s best prices. Check the specifications before you buy: you can’t buy a better multi-screen display than we offer, and most of our displays are also more affordable than those of competitors.

Other companies charge top dollars for fancy plastic packaging housing last year’s consumer-grade core technology. We test hundreds of different components and offer only the industry’s top-of-the-line, professional-grade LCD and computer graphics technology. We integrate it all with our exclusive Zenview Manager software that fully extends Microsoft Windows for multiple monitors.

 

Digital Tigers. was founded in 2001 and for years has led the industry with its innovative multi-screen monitors and multi-monitor computers.

While Digital Tigers serves all markets, financial traders have long been its #1 market.

To better meet the unique needs of financial traders, the founders of Digital Tigers formed Elite Trading Computers as a Digital Tigers affiliate and reseller.

Through its separate Web storefront, Elite Trading Computers sells only product models best suited to financial traders, making it easier for financial traders to find great solutions for their needs.

Products sold by Elite Trading Computers are jointly supported and warranted by Elite Trading Computers and Digital Tigers, with Elite Trading Computers being the primary contact for sales, support and service.

Digital Tigers Launches New

Stratosphere Evolution ZX

Financial Trading Computers With Industry-Best Performance, Reliability and Value

Digital Tigers today introduced the powerful new Stratosphere Evolution ZX computer workstation series, focused on the high performance, reliability and value requirements of demanding professional financial traders. The new systems are available for immediate order. Now celebrating its 10-year anniversary, Digital Tigers achieves three key goals with the new workstations:

Power-user dream system, featuring world’s fastest Intel eight-core processor: Stratosphere Evolution ZX unleashes the world’s fastest eight-core Intel Xeon E5 processor in a full-featured, yet affordable, professional trading computer, supporting up to 30 monitors. With optional dual-processor upgrade, Stratosphere Evolution ZX supports up to 16 CPU cores and 32 simultaneous threads.
Top reliability, featuring rock-solid, fully integrated Intel powertrain: Intel partnership enables Digital Tigers to ship the industry’s first workstation with Intel Xeon E5 processor in tandem with Intel’s industry-fastest SATA solid-state drive (SSD) and genuine Intel motherboard, certified by Intel first for Digital Tigers workstations. Stratosphere Evolution ZX also integrates Intel liquid CPU cooling with advanced air cooling to achieve nearly silent operation. Additional reliability features include triple-redundant system integrity and standard battery backup.
Great value + 100% money back through TradeStation rebates: Digital Tigers enables traders to exploit the world’s fastest eight-core Intel Xeon E5-2687W processor in high-spec, six-monitor configurations at a breakthrough, industry-lowest $4,994 USD price.

Complete packages are available with Digital Tigers multi-screen monitors and UltraView Desktop Manager software.
“As the industry leader for multi-monitor business workstations, Digital Tigers is delighted to provide professional traders with the world-fastest performance they need to beat fast-moving global markets, where microseconds can separate winners from losers,” said Geoff Amthor, Digital Tigers CEO.

“Stratosphere Evolution ZX exploits every known technology to help traders absorb and analyze market movements in real time, enabling quicker decisions, faster algorithmic trading, and market-beating trades at the speed of order execution.

“Today’s volatile markets, dominated by high-frequency trading, are a zero-sum game determined by timing and good decisions,” Amthor continued. “Once traders determine and automate a best strategy, the game is down to first place and losers.

Stratosphere Evolution ZX enables faster market analysis and order initiation, and thereby rewards the best strategies with the most profit.”

Power-user dream system, featuring world’s fastest Intel eight-core processor
Stratosphere Evolution ZX unleashes the world’s fastest eight-core Intel Xeon E5-2687W processor, which delivers the fastest total performance, most CPU cores (8), most simultaneous threads (16), highest clock speed (3.8 GHz, with Intel Turbo Boost 2.0) and largest cache (20MB) combined of any desktop, workstation or server processor ever made.

Designed for high-end engineering and scientific computing, the Intel E5-2687W workstation processor delivers massive computational power, crunching incoming market data and automated trading algorithms in parallel, thereby enabling faster sending of trading execution orders and faster back testing than any other processor.

With optional dual-processor upgrade, Stratosphere Evolution ZX supports up to 16 CPU cores and 32 simultaneous threads, running dual Intel Xeon E5 eight-core processors.

The advanced new Xeon E5 processors further accelerate trading executions and market analysis through massive on-die cache (up to 20MB) and Intel Direct I/O technology, which streams incoming data from Intel Gigabit Ethernet ports directly to the CPU cache instead of main memory, increasing I/O performance by up to 2.3X.

Intel AVX technology uses a new 256-bit instruction set that can massively accelerate floating-point operations, enabling Xeon E5-2687W to deliver a 3.5X increase in performance for Black-Scholes financial market modeling, compared to Intel’s fastest Xeon and Core i7 processors of only a few months ago.

Exploiting its eight cores and larger cache, Xeon E5-2687W also more than doubled the performance of Intel’s new top-of-line six-core Xeon E5-1660 processor.

Top reliability, featuring rock-solid, fully integrated Intel powertrain
An Intel Platinum Partner, Digital Tigers worked with Intel to certify the industry’s first fully integrated Intel workstation that combines the ultra-fast Intel Xeon E5-2687W processor, industry-fastest Intel SATA solid-state drive (SSD), a genuine Intel motherboard, and ultra-silent Intel liquid cooling.

Leveraging its world-class quality control honed in CPU manufacturing, Intel is the market leader for SSD reliability in addition to performance.

While many companies can ship a fast SSD drive, few can do so with long-term reliability, and none approach Intel’s quality control and firmware mastery.

Digital Tigers was the first manufacturer to standardize desktop systems on Intel SSDs, in May 2009.

In the three years since, Digital Tigers has observed an Intel SSD failure rate of much less than 1%, well below the failure rates of other SSD vendors and greatly below the failure rates of traditional hard drives.

At the foundation of the system is a genuine Intel workstation motherboard, which Intel certified first for Digital Tigers Xeon systems.

This board delivers legendary Intel quality, widely recognized to offer the best overall reliability of any motherboard maker.

In addition, the Intel motherboard is packed with performance features, including up to three PCI Express graphics card slots (two running at full x16 speed), dual and single Intel Gigabit Ethernet, up to six USB 3.0 ports, and up to four SATA 6 Gb/s ports.

“The Digital Tigers new Stratosphere Evolution ZX workstation with the Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 product family, Intel® Solid State 520 series, and liquid cooling will help traders, analysts and other professionals take advantage of their most demanding applications while handling intense multi-tasking needs,” said Joe Curley, Director Technical Computing Marketing, Intel Corporation.

“As a Platinum Intel Partner, Digital Tigers challenged us to certify our fastest processor, the Intel® Xeon processor E5-2687W, with the Intel® X79 series motherboards.

We met their challenge, and now their customers can explore large positions and execute equity, commodity, and currency positions faster than ever before.”

Stratosphere Evolution ZX also improves user experience through whisper-quiet cooling.

The new workstations use Intel closed-loop liquid cooling, supplemented with additional air cooling to manage the high thermal load of the fastest eight-core Xeon E5 processor.

Advanced air cooling employs up to 10 ultra-silent case fans at up to 140mm size, which move a large amount of air nearly silently.

Optional Noiseblocker reference-class fans are available for the ultimate in silent cooling and fan longevity: 160,000 hours MTBF, compared to 30,000 hours for typical case fans.

Additional reliability features include triple-redundant system integrity and standard battery backup, plus three-year warranty, next-business-day service, and expert support featuring remote diagnostics and on-demand remote control.

“Our target was to deliver the world’s fastest and most reliable trading workstation under $5,000,” said Amthor. “That’s a price that may seem high to a casual trader or business desktop buyer, but is actually exceptionally low for professional traders seeking the ultimate in performance.

We can and do sell workstations costing more than $10,000. That’s not hard. The hard challenge is to deliver ultimate performance, literally the fastest CPU in the world, in a full-featured, six-screen professional trading workstation, with uncompromising reliability and service standards, and do all that for under $5,000.

“The hedge fund managers can afford $10,000 workstations,” Amthor continued. “Our goal was a Ferrari that any professional trader could afford and justify.

Working with Intel, that’s what we’ve achieved with Stratosphere Evolution ZX.

Clearly this is the best workstation we’ve ever delivered for the price.

Going further, I think it’s our best workstation bar none for the professional financial trader, and it crushes any alternative today.

For financial trading workloads, this is the sweet spot, the wheelhouse where every dollar spent delivers the real performance and reliability they need to beat the market, and not a dollar is wasted.”

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Key UltraFlex™ features at a glance

  • Articulating arms enable complete independent movement for each LCD: forward / back, lift, tilt, pan and rotation.
  • Patented suspension system supports even 24″ monitors with easy fingertip positioning in triple and quad arrays, and up to 30″ monitors on dual arrays.
  • A freestanding desk base is standard, enabling UltraFlex displays to be installed by anyone, on any desk, in minutes.
  • UltraFlex arrays also include a desk clamp and grommet mount (standard), as space-saving installation options.
  • Affordable wall mount options are also available.
  • UltraFlex arrays typically cost only $100 more per screen than equivalent fixed-position multi-screen arrays.
  • UltraFlex arrays are available exclusively from Digital Tigers. See models and pricing, lower right.

 

Amazing, jaw-dropping multi-screen monitors

With UltraFlex, Digital Tigers has developed and introduced the world’s best mounting solution for multi-screen LCD arrays.

This stunning solution has to be seen and felt to be believed. With striking industrial design and polished aluminum surfaces, UltraFlex offers great looks and amazing flexibility. The arrays invite attention, and the flexibility invites new productivity.

Tilt your screens back and lift them up … and you have an array perfectly positioned for standing. Turn a monitor toward a colleague and extend it forward during a meeting. Rotate one or more screens into portrait mode, whenever desired. Fold the side screens inward, or push them back flat. Tilt the top-row monitors down, and the bottom-row monitors up. Almost any position you can conceive, you can do with UltraFlex.

Articulating arms have traditionally been cumbersome devices requiring fixed attachment, while supporting only one or two screens. UltraFlex brings the freedom of installing up to four screens on any desk, thanks to the unique freestanding desk base and flexible attachment system.

By 10:1 margin, customers have told Digital Tigers that they prefer the simplicity of freestanding desk bases, over fixed attachment options like wall mounts.

UltraFlex brings complete installation freedom. The unique 4-in-1 mounting system enables fast setup using a freestanding desk stand, while also including a space-saving desk clamp and grommet mount at no extra charge.

Wall mount attachments are available as an option.

 

Digital Tigers’ Customers

Digital Tigers has been designing elite performance workstations for years. Their individual workstation customers include Microsoft’s best and brightest:

  • Bill Gates, Chairman and co-founder, Microsoft Corp.
  • Steve Balmer, Microsoft Chief Executive Officer
  • Ray Ozzie, Microsoft Chief Software Architect
  • Stephen Elop, President, Microsoft Business Division
  • Craig Mundie, Microsoft Chief Research & Strategy Officer
  • David Vaskevitch, Microsoft Chief Technology Officer
  • Don Mattrick, Microsoft Senior VP, Xbox division

Digital Tigers builds advanced performance workstations for major government research labs, all branches of the U.S. military, and the major Wall Street trading firms.

What is the common element?

Digital Tigers designs the world’s fastest and most reliable computer workstations for multiple monitors.

They also design the industry’s highest quality multi-screen monitors, far exceeding the quality provided by the companies who try to imitate them.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I add more monitors to my desktop PC running Windows?

We encourage all customers to check out our Stratosphere workstation product line: uncompromising Windows workstations purpose-built for multiple monitors, with a range of options for just about any serious user, but with none of the extraneous promotional software that muddles up and slows down the leading mass-market consumer and business workstations.

However, we’re happy to help you make our displays work with your existing investment, if it’s compatible.

You need one graphics controller output per monitor. We recommend DVI or HDMI outputs for the highest picture quality. Most desktop PCs have one VGA output in the main port cluster on the rear. Some come with two outputs on a separate graphics card [picture of the back of a machine with a GPU in the GPU slot] that can drive our lower-resolution Zenview Duo arrays (17 and 19 series) with no additional hardware.

Beyond two monitors, you can add secondary graphics cards to your PCI or extra PCI Express slots. The number and kind of slots you have can usually be found in the specifications or user manual for your desktop PC, or for your motherboard if your machine was custom-built from parts. If you cannot find these specifications, you can still open up your machine and look. Once you know what kinds of slots you have available, feel free to call us, and we ca help you select appropriate cards that can work alongside your existing primary controller or replace it if necessary.

How do I add more monitors to my Mac Pro?

Buy additional dual-output NVIDIA GeForce 7300GT or ATI Radeon HD2600 controllers directly from Apple’s store. Each 7300GT can drive two of our monitors up to 27” diagonal (Elite XL), plus one of those two up to 30” diagonal (Ultra Elite). Each Radeon HD2600 can drive two outputs up to 30” diagonal (Ultra Elite.)

How do I run multiple monitors from my laptop?

It depends on how many. For two screens, your laptop might already support them.

Most laptops support a single external monitor in addition to the laptop’s own built-in display. Certain nicer laptop models have two external display connections, and this is usually a combination of VGA and DVI, or VGA and HDMI. These kinds of laptops can drive our Zenview Duo 17 and 19 series at full resolution with high image quality. They can also sometimes drive Duo 20 Pro, Duo Elite and Duo Elite XL displays at full resolution, but with visibly lower image quality on the VGA output, so we recommend using our SideCar instead.

Some laptops have docking station or port replicator connectors on the back or underside—typically only business-class laptop lines such as Dell Latitude, Lenovo ThinkPad T or R series, and Toshiba Tecra, and cetain HP Compaq models. The port replicator or docking station usually includes one VGA port plus one DVI or HDMI port, and these can usually be activated independently if you deactivate the built-in screen. For these, the same rules apply as dual-output laptops. Caveat: sometimes only one port works at a time, for example in the Sony VAIO SZ dock. Call us and we can probably help you determine this.

Beyond two screens (the laptop’s own and one external), we recommend our SideCar product. Please check compatibility with your laptop model to see if your laptop qualifies. You need a laptop running Windows XP with a CardBus slot, Texas Instruments or Toshiba CardBus controller, and NVIDIA or Intel graphics controller. Feel free to call us, and we can quickly walk you through checking compatibility, if you have the laptop. If you have not purchased a laptop yet, we can recommend a variety of models based on your brand and size preferences, if you call. All SideCars shipped inside the US to customers with confirmed compatible laptops come with a seven-day full money back guarantee, if you are uncertain about compatibility or performance.

Many newer laptops feature a new ExpressCard slot. This slot provides four times the bandwidth of CardBus. We have a new lineup of SideCars that take full advantage of this bandwidth and can drive more monitors at ever higher resolutions, and can support both Windows XP and Windows Vista, if the laptop GPU is compatible. We expect to announce and ship it in Q2 2008—stay tuned!

Will your monitors work with my laptop and a third-party multi-screen device?

We neither recommend nor support third-party laptop multi-monitor solutions. They typically either compromise performance or interfere with Windows’ normal behavior, or are limited to twenty-year-old monitor resolutions. However, if you already have one, sometimes it can actually work alongside our SideCar. But we do not guarantee or support this.

How do I add more monitors to my MacBook Pro?

We hope to announce a SideCar in Q2 2008 that will be compatible with MacBook Pro. Stay tuned!

How do I add more monitors to my PowerBook G4?

You still have one of those?! So do we, and we still sell the SideCar Mac for it. Buy it now, because we won’t have them for much longer. It even supports OS 9.

Is your bootable backup solution just hardware RAID?

No. Most of our motherboards (and most good motherboards today) can run hard disks in RAID striping or mirroring mode. (Some can run fancier RAID as well.) RAID is a server technology not well-suited for boot drives. Our backup scheme uses software to make a bootable copy of a bootable disk. RAID mirroring on a boot drive can also achieve this, but if the boot sector or a critical OS file becomes corrupted by software and not full mechanical disk failure, the corruption will be copied to the mirror drive, and both drives will be rendered unbootable.

You may order certain Stratosphere models with additional separate data drives, and we will be happy to configure full hardware RAID mirroring or striping as desired.

Why do I have to pay $500 extra to run more than 4GB RAM?

32-bit operating systems cannot support more than 4GB of RAM. Beyond that, some address space is allocated to devices and made inaccessible to RAM, because that’s the only way the CPU can move that kind of data fast enough. This problem is solved by using a 64-bit OS like Vista Business 64 or Windows XP Professional x64 Edition. These have a much larger address space (up to 128GB, four times as much as what our current top motherboard can house using the most expensive 4GB density.)

However, lots of common programs contain pieces of very old code—and even the smallest piece can render a whole program incompatible with 64-bit Windows (Vista or XP.) For this reason, we do not sell workstations with standalone 64-bit operating systems. Instead, we offer 64-bit exclusively in a dual-boot configuration with two separate fully licensed operating systems.

For the best combination of future compatibility, present security, and backward compatibility, we recommend 64-bit Windows Vista Business with standard 32-bit Windows XP Professional. For the best combination of current performace and backward compatibility, you may be better off sticking with Windows XP x64 Edition and normal 32-bit Windows XP. Check with your application vendor if you are uncertain. Some intensive applications still work best under XP.

Do I have to reboot into my 32-bit OS just to use my older programs on a 64-bit machine?

For full multiple monitor support, usually yes. However, you can alternately install Microsoft Virtual Machine or vmware Player on your 64-bit drive partition and install 32-bit Windows as a “guest” OS, if you only need to occasionally run a 32-bit program. Its performance may be slower, but you will not need to reboot. We do not recommend this for timing-sensitive applications like video editing, or for games, and it is beyond the scope of our support.

Do you offer a trial version of Zenview Manager?

We do not offer a trial version of Zenview Manager, but we do describe its features rather exhaustively. Email us if you have any further specific questions about features.

I already own multiple monitors. Can I buy the mounting hardware from you?

We do not sell mounting hardware separately from the LCD screens, for the same reason car dealerships do not sell the hood ornament separate from the car. But we’re still happy to sell you a multi-output Stratosphere workstation to drive your existing monitors.

Do I need your Zenview Manager utilities to run multiple monitors?

No, Windows has supported multiple monitors natively since Windows 2000. However, Zenview Manager adds user interface functions to Windows that make it much easier to use multiple monitors.

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Does Zenview Manager support my Mac?

Yes! Simply install Windows on it first.

How do I add more monitors to my iMac? Mac Mini? MacBook? iPhone?

Lesser Macs are unexpandable by design. As a Mac user, it is your sacred duty to understand and accept this, for Steve hath made it so. Buy a Mac Pro with additional GPU cards. Better yet, buy one of our Stratosphere workstations with Windows.

Can’t I just buy a bunch of monitors and bolt them to a stand?

Yes, you can. You can also grow your own food, brew your own beer, sew your own clothes, and build your own robot girlfriend. But we cannot help you do these things. Seriously though, many of our displays use custom parts that we’ve developed to make our displays align better and look nicer than the kits you can buy separately on the Internet. You also get our zero dead pixel guarantee and world class support to make sure that you are satisfied with your purchase for years to come.

Contact Digital Tigers

Toll-free sales: 800-844-3721

 

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