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Run Four Monitors On A Laptop With AMD's External Graphics


Taipei (Taiwan) - External graphics for laptops stole the show at AMD’s Puma launch press conference today at the Computex tradeshow in Taipei. Many people attach an external monitor to their laptops, but the AMD XGP or eXternal graphics platform controls up to four displays (three external and the laptop screen) through a PCI Express interface. Fujitsu Siemens Computers (FSC) showed off their implementation by running Microsoft Flight Simulator on three screens and rendering video on the laptop screen.

The FSC AMILO GraphicsBooster contains an ATI Mobility Radeon 3870 with 512 MB of video RAM. It connects to the laptop via a PCI Express 2.0 cable and the box has DVI and DisplayPort outputs in the back. Windows Vista sees the three external monitors and AMD employees spent a few minutes configuring the resolutions within the Display Properties after two reckless Taiwanese reporters knocked the cables loose.

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  • dmacfour
    What laptop has a PCI express 2.0 port? Did they pop it open and run the cable into the internal one?
  • Luscious
    I have a better idea for use of that PCI express 2.0 port - connect three external graphics cards to the laptop and feed the display back to the laptop's screen.

    Give laptops with puny IG some SLI horsepower.
  • piratepast40
    Sounds like there have been some changes to the PUMA platform during the blackout period. The PCIe external interface is new as is the ability to use higher than the 3500 series cards, unless that limitation is still there for crossfire. Good to hear they are finally releasing some new information. Wondering why it took so long and wondering when we'll actually see production by the OEM's.