ASUS Introduces XG Station - Upgradeable Graphics For Notebook Computers
ASUSTeK Computer launched the XG Station as the industry’s first public demonstration of the world’s first external graphics card station for notebook computers that is equipped with Express Card interface, USB 2.0 and Dolby headphones.
When on the go, compact notebook makes work efficient without adding extra pounds, while at home, large LCD monitor is preferred for enhanced visual enjoyment. ASUS XG Station brings the power of a dedicated 3D graphics engine, providing users with the best of both worlds. Simply plug in the XG Station to the LCD monitor and connect the notebook via an Express Card connector.
The XG Station is the world’s first docking station to provide a standard PCI Express slot for additional graphics computing power on notebook computers with Express Card slot, delivering VISTA Premium performance. The device also conveniently accommodates future graphics technology such as, HDCP and HDMI upgrades possibility. According to the press release, lab experiments on a notebook based on Intel 945GM graphics connected to the XG station with a ASUS EN7900GS graphics card showed the 9 times faster acceleration.
XG Station also features Dolby Headphone technology for any headphone to deliver 5.1-channel surround sound. Real-time Overclocking is easily controlled with the ergonomic knob design for simple GPU clock speed adjustments.
XG Station features a large LED screen that displas critical system status statistics including the following:
- System master volume
- GPU clock speed
- Current GPU temperature
- Dolby Headphone feature status
- Current actual Frames Per Second (FPS) information
- GPU fan speed Indicator
The XG Station also has a dedicated control panel to let users control the settings through the GUI based interface and easily switch modes between the notebook screen and the external LCD monitor.
The XG Station is currently scheduled to be released at the beginning of Q2 2007. A full package will include the XG Station graphics docking station, one ASUS EN7900GS graphics card and assorted accessories.
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