AMD Announces External Graphics for Notebooks

AMD Announces Revolutionary External Graphics Solution for Notebooks

Portable ATI XGP™ Technology unlocks notebooks for enthusiast-class desktop graphics performance and true multimedia upgradeability

Computex, TAIPEI — June 4, 2008 — AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced ATI XGP™ (External Graphics Platform) Technology, a new external PCI Express® (PCIe) 2.0 graphics platform, designed to deliver enthusiast-class desktop graphic performance and true multimedia upgradeability to notebooks. ATI XGP is an exclusive technology that capitalizes on PCIe 2.0 to deliver enthusiast-class graphics via a connected cable to an externally powered and cooled device. This unique innovation delivers up to 4.0 Gbyte/s in each direction in bandwidth communication between the notebook and external graphics, whereas previous consumer level external solutions were limited in graphics bandwidth. ATI XGP is fully optimized for new AMD Turion™ X2 Ultra notebook platforms, also announced today.

ATI XGP Technology is being first launched with the newly announced ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 3800 series for eye-catching HD graphics. As an industry first for notebooks, ATI XGP Technology delivers multi-GPU capabilities of scalable performance with ATI CrossFireX™ technology. The additional high bandwidth of the included USB 2.0 connectivity allows users to connect to a wide variety of USB-based devices, including external TV tuners, external Blu-ray players, and much more.

“With ATI XGP Technology, notebooks can switch between everyday computing and hard-core gaming with a simple plug-in that’s also portable enough to bring powerful 3D performance on-the-go,” said Matt Skynner, vice president of Marketing, Graphics Products Group, AMD. “This technology allows users to choose notebooks with slim, lightweight and elegant designs, yet enjoy the full performance of a traditional desktop gaming rig wherever it’s convenient.”

Björn Fehrm, head of Strategy and Innovation Consumer, EMEA, Fujitsu-Siemens Corp., said: “Powered by ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 3870 in an external AMILO GraphicsBooster, the ultra mobile AMILO Sa 3650, with ATI XPG technology, takes on two very different but equally compelling personalities. Use it for your daily computing with the internal graphics for outstanding mobility and battery life. Dock it to your AMILO GraphicsBooster when coming home, in a hotel room or at a LAN event and now your gaming and multimedia performance is in another world.”

ATI XGP Technology is contained in an external chassis connected to the notebook via a specially designed self-latching, easy-connecting PCIe 2.0 cable from Japan Aviation Electronics Industry, Limited, a leading provider of electronic devices and connectors. Based on AMD’s dedicated research and development, the cable also provides USB 2.0 connectivity directly to the notebook allowing for additional USB functionality. Independently cooled and powered, ATI XGP Technology offers the potential for higher performance than traditional entry-level graphics solutions. Notebook users can take advantage of the varied usage scenarios including multiple monitor support, high performance gaming, Blu-ray video playback, and increased graphics performance for video editing.

 “ATI XGP Technology is cutting edge and we’re excited to participate in this revolutionary solution for notebooks,” said Mark Saubert, marketing manager, Japan Aviation Electronics Industry, Limited. “ATI XGP Technology redefines what mobile graphics is all about.”

The initial offering of ATI XGP Technology features the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3800 series graphics solution giving notebook users a variety of additional functionality:- PCI Express® 2.0 offers more than enough horsepower for the most demanding professional graphics applications by boosting 3D graphics performance while providing fast throughput resulting in an excellent overall system performance.

         - ATI Avivo™ HD Technology that delivers smooth video playback and photos in high-definition format with brilliant colors and sharp images

        - ATI Avivo HD technology features an enhanced version of AMD’s Unified Video Decoder (UVD) offering full hardware acceleration of video decode for smooth playback of full 1080p content from Blu-ray movies

        - Integrated Digital Outputs enable viewing standard and high-definition content on a variety of devices including HDMI with integrated audio and DVI
Via:  AMD
Comments
amdcrankitup 6 years ago
This is amazing an external chassis ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 3870! Damn Gaming on the GO! I found this article: Check it out!

How Does It Work?


With ATI XGP™ technology you can experience superior graphics performance when plugged in or switch to energy-efficient integrated graphics when on-the-go, for extended battery life.
The device connects to specially designed notebook using the uniquely crafted external PCI Express© 2.0 connector designed and developed with JAE Electronics, Inc. Once the device is plugged in ATI XGP technology is activated.
Versatility and Flexibility
ATI XGP™ can run up to 4 displays when activated on the notebook PC and comes with HDMI with integrated audio, DVI and USB connections providing the ability to connect to a variety of devices.
^Bad_Boy^ 6 years ago
Sounds Interesting :D
amdcrankitup 6 years ago

Image from Amd  No not me the real AMD!

ice_73 6 years ago
asus tried something like this but it flopped due to lack of support hopefully amd will get this right because this is a GREAT way to game on a laptop. buy a laptop with a good cpu, good ram, and bad card (save on battery life) and only use xternal when you need to!
Crisis Causer 6 years ago

I don't think it'll be that popular.  It might turn out to be cheaper to build a gaming desktop and just use an old laptop for the portable office, internet, and media applications.

amdcrankitup 6 years ago

[quote user="Crisis Causer"]

I don't think it'll be that popular.  It might turn out to be cheaper to build a gaming desktop and just use an old laptop for the portable office, internet, and media applications.

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I dont know being an old phart like me, but I Reckon it will beat this RiG   LOL

rapid1 6 years ago
Thats pretty sweet for gamers that travel, or those who want a home pc they can take mobile with them. I think it's a very good idea but wonder what AMD's competition is going to do now.
amdcrankitup 6 years ago

I would like to see a real world review of this from who other than HH. YesI,ve never been a laptop person but this could very well twist my arm!

vhall 6 years ago

 I'm really not clear how this connects.Is it USB,expresscard or something only available on forthcoming AMD notebooks?

vhall 6 years ago

 To answer my own question it's only for specially designed Amd notebooks.From ATI:

"The device connects to specially designed notebook using the uniquely crafted external PCI Express© 2.0 connector designed and developed with JAE Electronics, Inc. Once the device is plugged in ATI XGP technology is activated. "

Here's a .pdf explaining the technology- http://ati.amd.com/technology/xgp/xgp_technology_brief.pdf

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