Acer criticises AMD’s XGP technology
Back in January we brought you news of AMD demonstrating their External Graphics Platform (XGP) on a Laptop driving 3 monitors with the special external adapter. The promise is that you’ll be able to upgrade your laptop video card as easy as a desktop’s (although externally), and then be able to drive all those 30″ displays on your desk. While demonstrated in the Acer Ferrari One, and the port remains available in that model, Acer has failed to bring it to any other technology. When asked why, Acer was rather unimpressed:
However, in response to TechRadar’s probings about a release date Acer responded with a less than flattering description of XGP, even though it has already used the port part of the technology in its Ferrari laptop.
“Acer is interested in this solution, but at the moment it doesn’t offer the best user experience,” said a spokesman for the company.
Personally, I’m curious if they were initially interested but then news of NVidia’s Optimus came out and showed how much better it could be done internally. I still think the possibility of an external adapter shows promise (so does NVidia), but we’ll have to wait for the industry to bring it to us.