Fujitsu Siemens Computers has recently launched the AMILO GraphicBooster, an external portable graphical processing unit (GPU) designed to enhance users’ gaming experiences. The new device is stylishly designed, and thanks to its small size it’s possible to carry it along with a laptop computer.
The new AMILO GraphicBooster was designed for the Fujitsu-Siemens AMILO Notebook Sa 3650, but it supports other computers as well. It is powered by the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3870, has a 512 MB GDDR3 dedicated video memory, and supports several interfaces, including DVI-I and HDMI. The result is better overall graphic performance in the form of higher precision, better lighting, enhanced visual effects, and more realism.
Since gamers often complain that laptops’ touch pads and keyboards are inadequate for gaming, Fujitsu Siemens installed two USB 2.0 ports so users could connect external keyboards and mice. Another interesting feature – reserved for the AMILO Notebook Sa 3650 users – is the ability to connect up to three external displays simultaneously.
The AMILO GraphicBooster can be carried around quite easily, since its dimensions are 180 x 130 x 33.5 mm and it weighs only 0.5 kg. Owners of the AMILO Notebook Sa 3650, for instance, can travel with a combined weight of 2.9 kg, all accessories included. However, laptops with larger displays (15.4-inch or 17-inch monitors, for instance) entail a heavier weight, making the GraphicBooster a less attractive option.
TFOT has also covered the ASUS notebook external graphics card, revealed for the first time at the Las Vegas computer Expo (CES), and Larrabee, Intel’s upcoming many-core GPU, featuring a new approach to the software rendering 3-D pipeline, a ”many-core” programming model, and performance analysis tools for several applications. Other related TFOT stories include the Fujitsu Dual Screen LifeBook N7010, featuring a 16-inch display and a secondary 4-inch Touch Zone touch screen, Toshiba’s Qosmio Quad Core HD Processor, powering two of their newest models, the Qosmio G50 and Qosmio F40, and the dominance of gaming industry at CeBIT 2008.
For more information on the AMILO GraphicBooster, see its website.
Ehud is a student for Communication & Journalism as well as Business Administration in the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He has knowledge in computers' software and hardware and a keen interest in consumer electronics and innovative gadgets.