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Fujitsu Amilo GraphicsBooster Update Negates Second Monitor

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Fujitsu's Amilo GraphicBooster is undoubtedly a funky bit of kit - despite being frustratingly limited to just the Amilo Sa 3650 notebook - and the latest (beta) update for it just enhances that point. Fujitsu's engineers have tweaked the GraphicBooster drivers such as the external GPU can now output to the laptop's own display.

Previously only an external screen could be powered by the GraphicBooster, which while still useful is still a potentially annoying limitation. As the video above shows, the beta update, which hasn't yet been made available, enables the GraphicBooster to power the Sa 3650's own display, without taking a noticeable performance hit - negating the need for an external display and the additional cost thereof.

Whether external monitors can also be powered, as was previously possible, in this cross-display mode is unclear. It would be a shame if the GraphicBooster managed to fix one limitation, only to introduce another.

Robovski

March 19, 2009, 9:31 pm

Now if only we could get something like this in general for any laptop, like the USB soundcard solutions out there. Ah, to dream...

TheFlyingGerbil

March 24, 2009, 2:43 am

I agree: why go to all that effort for it to only work on one laptop - why didn't they just put better graphics in the laptop. They should let this out into the wider world - I think it would sell like hotcakes.

Starstream

March 29, 2009, 8:40 pm

Strange thing is AMD developed this exact kind of system but nothing ever came of it, despite it being a great idea. AMD was meant to have secured 1-2 year deal with a company that had developed some special PCI-e connector for laptops & GPU's. It was on some news sites ages ago.





But AMD stipulated that it had to be an AMD chipset, internal GPU and external GPU for it to all work that could be why only the Amilo is the only prototype ever to make it to market or pressure from Intel.

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