updated 12:55 pm EDT, Wed June 4, 2008
AMD XGP graphics tech
Using Taiwan's Computex expo as a podium, AMD has announced a new graphics technology dubbed the External Graphics Platform, or XGP. Using a PCI Express 2.0 connection, notebook owners will be able to hook up to external graphics cards, with a full 4Gbps throughput. This is meant to overcome the limitations of internal notebook graphics, which often have reduced performance unsuitable for tasks like gaming; this also offers the advantage of improved cooling, and the ability to run cards in SLI modes such as AMD's CrossFireX.
The first XGP devices will come out of the new Mobility Radeon 3800 series, which additionally have USB 2.0 ports to connect items like TV tuners and Blu-ray players. An HD 3870 will be used in the AMILO Graphics Booster, an external module from Fujitsu; prices and release dates for it are still unknown.