Fujitsu-Siemens releases notebook with external graphics solution
Although the two companies are officially separated already, Fujitsu and Siemens introduce a real novelty under the former label - the first Notebook with AMD's external XGP unit.
XGP stands for "External Graphics Platform” and is developed by AMD since mid-2007. Back then the project was called "Lasso” and used desktop graphics cards. The device which is called "Amilo Graphic Booster” by Fujitsu-Siemens on the other hand utilizes a Mobility Radeon HD 3870 with 512 MiByte video memory. The dimensions of the box are 18 x 13 x 3.35 centimeters, which is about the size of an external 3.5 inch hard drive. Due to one DVI and one HDMI port two aditional monitors can be connected.
The device is sold in combination with a Amilo Notebook Sa 3650 that is equipped with an Turion Ultra processor, four GiByte memory, a 13.3 inch display, a chipset with integrated Radeon HD 3200 graphics unit, a 320 GiByte hard drive, a DVD writer and a multi format card reader. One DVI connection as well as USB and E-SATA ports complete the configuration. According to the press release, the bundle will become available in December 2008.