ASUS Unveils External Graphics Card
January 7, 2007 2:12 AM
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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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1/7/2007 3:53:15 PM
Here is a link for clarification:
Interestingly, this article says this will also be able to do sorround sound...and it also mentions it will have a USB 2.0 connector. Which brings up a question, can it be connected via USB 2.0 for those with no expresscard slots? Granted the graphics performance would be overly bottlenecked, but it could allow dual-DVI monitors, though. Realisitically, I think that's just for the sound output.
RE: Another article
1/7/2007 4:04:37 PM
You won't be able to connect the graphics through a USB port. The graphics portion will run through the PCI-Ex1 connection of the ExpressCard slot.
RE: Another article
1/7/2007 5:49:31 PM
No, the ExpressCard slot has both PCIe 1x pins, and for USB2.0.
Most cards you get will use one or the other:
e.g. A 9-in-1 memory card reader will likely use USB
e.g. And external SATA raid controller will likely use PCIe.
In this case they are just using both and pipeing the USB2.0 connection to an external port for you to use.
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