Computex 2008 - Part 8

Mobility Radeon HD 3800 and ATI External Graphics Technology

Mobility Radeon HD 3800 and ATI External Graphics Technology

The ATI Mobility Radeon 3000 series also received a bump recently with the HD 3800 series and here's a slide to depict the performance differences.

Here is MSI's new Puma-based 17-incher gaming notebook. The MSI GT-735 has the high performance Radeon HD 3850 discrete graphics with 512MB dedicated memory, quad speakers, subwoofer and Dolby Digital audio. Highly entertainment oriented.

Believe it or not, AMD's Lasso external graphics platform is for real and is launched as the ATI XGP technology (eXternal Graphics Platform). The connectivity standard is an open standard which others can choose to design for.

The test platform is this well built 13.3-inch Fujitsu Siemens Turion X2 Ultra notebook.

It has a special connector, which is a PCIe x16 (gen 2.0) interface to the XGP box. This is the key difference from the likes of the ASUS XG Station that uses a measly PCIe x1 interface. As such, the XGP interface is well suited to really bring about external graphics add-on solutions.

This is the Fujitsu Siemens AMILO GraphicBooster. It houses an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3870 graphics and supports 4 simultaneous displays.

Here's how the connections go - just a single interface between the notebook and the XGP box. However the AMILO GraphicBooster has display outputs for multi-monitor usage.

This is the entire setup to showcase the full capabilities.