A leaked presentation from Fujitsu Siemens Computers shows that the company is planning to introduce an external graphics card solution in the next couple of weeks.
The AMILO GraphicBooster is based on "ATI XGP" technology and makes it possbile for Fujitsu Siemens AMILO notebook owners to upgrade their graphics card, something that was not possible in the past. Fujitsu claims a 4.7X performance improvement with the GraphicBooster versus the graphics of a "small form factor" AMILO notebook, which are most likely integrated.
The following graph shows that an AMILO notebook with the GraphicBooster can get up to 8,000 points in what is presumably 3DMark06:
While on the go, users can leave the GraphicBooster behind and enjoy long battery life courtesy of their onboard graphics solution. The GraphicBooster allows users to connect up to three external displays to their notebook: it includes DVI-D and HDMI connections. It is unclear how this device connects to the notebook itself and whether it will work with other notebooks besides Fujitsu Siemens AMILOs.
No pricing details are available at this time, and some specifics remain unclear, but this is a promising device. ASUS announced its own external graphics card solution, the XG Station, at CES 2007, but they have failed to release anything; over a year later nothing has appeared on the market and the company has remained silent about it.
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