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Hexus have just posted up some exclusive content in relation to an external graphics card solution being worked on by AMD/ATI for notebook PCs. They call it the "Lasso", and it will allow one to make use of not just one PCIe based graphics card with their notebook, but several in fact.
Portable computers can compete quite well against desktops in terms of performance, even at the high end, if you like your laptop heavy, but one area where they slip behind is graphics. Not any more, if ATI's Lasso can deliver what we think it can.
Fitting one, let alone two high end graphics cards into a laptop, and then powering them is, well... a bit of a bugger. What would be really cool is if the GPUs could be housed externally, interfacing with the laptop rather than residing within it. "But wait Steve, we've already seen such a solution" you shout, yes? Indeed the ASUS XG station strives to do that for lappies with ExpressCard slots. ATI's working on a little something of its own, however.
This isnt all too disimilar to that of the ASUS XG station, first shown off in prototype format at CES recently. The DailyTech actually have a fresh article up which goes into a lot more detail about the device, as it nears its official OEM launch next month.
Notebook users rejoice: ASUS is set to produce its XG Station external graphics card for notebooks. ASUS previously pulled the wraps off the XG Station at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year. The XG Station will not have retail availability, however, ASUS plans to ship the XG Station to OEMs and channel partners.
ASUS will not sell the XG Station as a barebones external graphics card enclosure. Instead, ASUS will bundle the XG Station with ASUS PCIe graphics cards. Pricing on XG Stations will vary depending on the bundled graphics card.
Intel have just officially launched their new "Wireless-N" networking standard (or 802.11n) offering up to five times the performance and twice the wireless range along with better battery life to boot. The press material also briefs us on their new "Connect With Centrino" program which ultimately provides assurance in terms of networking compatibility and performance in line with certified leading access points.
For full details, have a read of the announcement over at this section of Intel's website.
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 23, 2007 - Intel Corporation today introduced the Intel® Next-Gen Wireless-N network connection, an upgrade to the wireless component found inside Intel® Centrino® Duo mobile technology and other Intel-based laptops that helps consumers better connect to wireless networks.
As notebook PCs increasingly download broadband-intense content such as movies, videos and music, a more powerful networking solution is needed. Based on the draft 802.11n Wi-Fi specification, the Intel Next-Gen Wireless-N technology addresses that need by offering users up to five times** the performance and twice the wireless range - while providing up to an extra hour of notebook battery life when compared to existing Draft-N products.**
This would have to be one of the most eye-opening pieces of technology on display at CES thus far. ASUS have just come up with a solution for being able to easily upgrade the graphics card in your notebook. It's something i'm sure many of you have thought of in the past, and wondered if it would ever show up.... Sure enough, it's an external graphics card system (dubbed the XG Station) which connects to notebooks featuring the ExpressCard system and provides an equivilent to the PCI Express X16 slots available in desktop PCs.
Taipei, Taiwan, January 6, 2007 -ASUSTeK Computer Inc. (ASUS), the leading provider of high-performance graphics solutions, today launched the XG Station as the industry's first public demonstration of the world's first external graphics card station for notebook computers. Equipped with Express Card interface, USB 2.0 and Dolby headphones, the XG station seamlessly integrates notebook computing with PC graphics power.
Engage Mobility with Powerful Graphics Processing
As technology advances to accommodate all aspects of modern life styles, digital devices are often merged or connected for a combined maximum benefit. As with the case of mobile notebook computing and high powered 3D gaming or multimedia experience, a balance is established with the exclusive ASUS XG Station.
Antec have just released a new variant of their original "Notebook Cooler" product, this dubbed the "Notebook Cooler S". As the little brother to the original model, it's ideal for those traveling on a regular basis with their lappies, and gives them the choice to adjust the cooling performance/noise levels depending on the environment they're in.
For more info, grab Antec's official PR folks.
Fremont, CA - December 13, 2006 - Antec, Inc., the leading global brand of high-performance computer components for the PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself markets, has released Notebook Cooler S, a small portable laptop cooler that effectively prevents overheating and associated problems, and NP-100, a high-capacity notebook power adapter that increases the life of laptop batteries.
Notebook Cooler S, the little brother to the original Notebook Cooler, is ideal for notebook users who travel frequently with their laptops. The lightweight cooler uses two quiet, ball-bearing blowers to direct cool air across the base of the laptop as it rests on the device. Notebook Cooler S saves users the worry of malfunction due to overheating, protecting components and prolonging the life of laptops and the valuable information stored on them.
In typical L style, the ultra luxurious computer making company are planning to soon release the most extreme laptop yet, one with no less then two quad-core CPUs. Thats right, 8 cores of powah folks. The CPUs in question will be a couple of Xeon 5300-series ones totalling 8MBs of L2 cache. If that isnt enough to knock your socks off, it will also apparently come with up to 8GB of system memory, and an NVIDIA Quadro FX 2500M 512MB graphics solution, not to mention a nice big 17" LCD with 1920x1200 res and many more goodies (swappable HD-DVD and Blu-ray devices etc.).
L Computers International, a supplier of personal computers known for promising very advanced technologies, announced that its new limited edition Hollywood Pro X8 laptop will feature two quad-core central processing units (CPUs), thus providing users the power of eight processing engines.
The company said its new Hollywood Pro X8 laptop will feature two Intel Xeon 5300-series microprocessors with four processing cores and 8MB of level-two cache in total, up to 8GB of PC2-5300 (DDR2 667MHz) memory, up to 160GB hard disk drive, Nvidia Quadro FX 2500M 512MB graphics accelerator and a 17" liquid crystal display with 1920x1200 resolution. The company said the new notebooks will feature "a suite of available optical drives from high-speed multi-format/dual-layer DVD burner to future HD-DVD and Blu-Ray swappable devices".
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NVIDIA have made an announcement today highlighting ASUS's decision to use the new "GeForce Go 7700" GPU in their ASUS A8Js "Thin-and-Light" notebook. The GeForce Go 7700 is the first 80nm mobile graphics chip from NVIDIA and sports 512MBs of memory and 12 pixel pipelines.
For all the details, check out the official PR over at NVIDIA's press room.
SANTA CLARA, CA-September 13, 2006-NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today announced that ASUS has selected the new NVIDIA GeForce Go 7700 graphics processing unit to create the graphically powerful, thin-and-light A8Js notebook. The new GeForce GPU delivers 50% more pixel bandwidth than the NVIDIA GPU used previously in the ASUS A8 seriesi, ushering in new levels of graphics performance and video quality for small compact notebooks such as the new ASUS A8Js.
Bigtime state of the art computer maker formally known as Lieberman Computers or "L" have risen from the dead, now known as "L International Computers Inc." and they'll be making their presence known in a BIG way once again with word over at XBit Labs that they plan to wow the masses with yet another mind blowing system, theres talk of a Quad-SLI Laptop on the way!
L International Computers Inc., the re-born computer maker previously known as Lieberman Computers or L Computers, announced a laptop that can feature up to four graphics processors. The company does not name any shipments timeframes or prices, which is in the past L was often accused of unveiling vaporware products.
The upcoming Metropolis-series laptop will feature overclocked Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 processor functioning at 3.37GHz, will be based on Intel P965-series chipset, will be equipped with up to 4GB of PC2-6400 (DDR2 800MHz) memory, two Serial ATA hard disk drives, optional PuRAM solid state system drive, HD DVD drive and other powerful hardware. The most noticeable advantage of L International Computers' Metropolis will be four GeForce Go 7900 graphics chips in quad SLI mode accompanied by 19" monitor with 1920x1200 native resolution.
Several new Core2Duo equipped notebooks are about to hit the market from ASUS, with news thus far of the following models :-
ASUS A8JP - 14.1" with widescreen LCD display, RRP is $2,499 AUD
ASUS A6JC - 15.4" with widescreen and webcam, perfect for digital entertainment. Also very cost effective. RRP is $2,299 AUD
ASUS F3JM - 15.4" with widescreen LCD and webcam, perfect for gaming experiences. RRP is $2,799 AUD
Grab this press material for further info.
Sydney, Australia; 1 September; ASUSTeK Computer Inc. (ASUS), a leading provider of high-performance notebook computers, today announced that the company's complete notebook line is Intelâ CoreÔ 2 Duo ready. The notebook series based on Intel's new mobile computing platform delivers increased performance for multitasking with longer battery supply and extensive wireless connection.
"ASUS is always committed to bring customers the most advanced technologies and we are excited about Intel's latest Core 2 Duo mobile computing platform," said Tony Chen, General Manager of ASUS Notebook Business. "The 64-bit platform with breakthrough mobile performance, dynamic power coordination and outstanding wireless connectivity will enable our products to provide users with an enhanced digital life enjoyment."
Closely following the launch of Intel's new mobile Core 2 Duo processors (Merom), ATI have just introduced their latest Radeon Xpress 1250 chipset for notebooks. This chipset was previously codenamed the "RS600M" and is ATIs first IGP chipset with full AVIVO support using a Radeon X700 derived core.
MARKHAM, ONTARIO, Aug 29, 2006 (CCNMatthews via COMTEX News Network) -- ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX:ATY)(NASDAQ:ATYT) is delivering a new mark in excellence for integrated graphics performance on the Intel mobile and desktop computing platform with the introduction of the new Radeon® Xpress 1250 chipset. The Radeon Xpress 1250 serves up unparalleled graphics performance to the integrated graphics segment, providing more horsepower for the latest 3D games and the most sophisticated multimedia applications.
The Radeon Xpress 1250 will be available through leading notebook OEMs, including NEC who today launches the NEC LaVie L Advanced Type notebook for the Japanese market.