External graphics solutions for the mobile platform has been a talked about subject for several years now, and while we've seen a few forms of these on display at various trade shows and in prototype form around the web, the big players are yet to really make a firm jump into this area.
However, it's still definitely on the cards according to NVIDIA. Fuad of Fudzilla was recently at NV headquarters where he got to have a chat with general manager of NVIDIA's notebook division, Rene Haas and while the finer details of what's planned were retained, he did say that external graphics is something they are working on and the word 'Thunderbolt' was also mentioned, possibly meaning it'll be the connection of choice to ensure enough bandwidth is provided.
Fuad goes on to say that the conversation gave him the impression that external graphics may well surface sometime in 2012, using 28nm NVIDIA mobile parts (initially at least).
So, could be very interesting times ahead, especially for add-in board partners who may well be shifting new lines of external graphics cards for the mobile platform in the not too distant future. AMD may also want to shift gear by the time, if not beforehand, with its only involvement in the area at this time being the somewhat dormant XGP technology.
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