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The ASUS XG Station is connected via a dongle to the notebook ExpressCard interface
ASUS introduces the world's first external graphics card for notebook users

ASUS today introduced a dedicated external graphics card for laptops -- the XG Station. The XG Station is an external graphics card that allows laptop users to enjoy high end graphics performance while plugged in. As the XG Station is an external graphics it can be unplugged when portability is needed.

The XG Station connects to any notebook’s ExpressCard slot and provides a PCI Express x16 slot for graphics cards. Since ASUS has opted to equip the XG Station with a standard PCI Express x16 slot, the station can be equipped with any PCI Express based graphics card: AMD, NVIDIA or even Matrox. ASUS launched the default XG Station with an NVIDIA 7900GS powered graphics card.

The XG Station is powered externally.  A separate power brick plugs directly into the adaptor.

An integrated LCD display and control also grace the XG Station. The display is customizable and can display information such as frame rate, fan speed, GPU temperature and more while the control knob can change various settings of the XG Station such as the core and memory clocks.

Expect ASUS to release the XG Station in Q2'07 this year. Pricing of the XG Station is unknown at the moment.

The XG Station adaptor only interfaces with ExpressCard interfaces at the moment, but will work with with PCIe ExpressCard interfaces installed in a desktop PC.

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How does it work?
By Saito on 1/7/2007 10:51:27 AM , Rating: 2
Normally I don't post here, but this article has got me a little wondered.
Since the pamflet says "upgradable", I would have to assume you can plug-in whichever card you please. But are they talking about a normal desktop type graphics card? Or a mobile chip? I can't really imagine them talking about a normale desktop graphics card, but then again I have never even seen a store that sells notebook graphics cards, and there are hardly any laptops with switchable graphics cards as it is, so choice would be limited.
Can somebody please clarify?
Much obliged.

RE: How does it work?
By iNGEN on 1/7/2007 1:14:07 PM , Rating: 2
The article says the PCIe version uses any graphics card that fits a standard PCIe x16 slot and ships with a 7900GS card.

"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007

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