A couple of years back, ASUS announced the XG station. Which was meant as an external heavy duty graphics card solution for NoteBooks / Laptops via express card connectors. However it never made it to the mainstream retail market.
Where as now its AMD which is carrying the dream forward with their latest ATi XGP platform. It would be only usable on specially developed notebooks equipped with external PCIe 2.0 connector.
The platform would use externally powered and cooled ATi HD 3800 series cards under CrossFireX to provide rich multimedia experience. Enabling users to play high definition games / HD – Blu-Ray movies or editing video simultaneously under a multi display setup.
No information given on pricing or availability dates yet.
What is an External graphics card ?
Those who may be wondering as what’s up with this external graphics devices, for their information, do note, heavy duty hardware generates a lot of heat and eats power also, thus notebooks / laptop usually doesn’t come with heavy duty cards like what you may have under your performance desktop configuration.
Therefore, these external solution would allow you to use a performance graphics card as a plug and play external device. Just like your USB mouse. So when you are at home and thinking for heavy gaming, you may just plug in your external graphics card and enjoy. where as at office and while you are mobile, your notebook would just use your internal less power hungry and cooler internal graphics solution to power your less graphics hungry applications such as word processing or internet usage !!!