Sunday, August 10, 2008


ExpressCard slots replace the standard PC cards, adding support for both PCI Express and high-speed USB 2.0 connectivity. The cards are hot-pluggable and support Firewire, external SATA drives, SSD drives, wireless cards, TV tuner cards, sound cards, external memory, and others.

One of the performance-increasing uses is the addition of external graphic cards to laptop computers, like the XG Station model from Asustek, compatible with HDCP and HDMI, which won a honorable mention at Red Dot Product Design 2008.
The HDCP is a digital copy protection method against copying of digital audio and video content, while traveling across DisplayPort, Digital Visual Interface, High-Definition Multimedia Interface, Gigabit Video Interface, or Unified Display Interface connections.

It is the world’s first multimedia docking station featuring Dolby sound technology, real-time adjustments for GPU clock, fan speed and audio volume, LED display, and the company’s Splendid and GamerOSD hardware protection and overclocking tool.
Asus’ Splendid technology improves video display, enhances depth and color intensity in real time, increases image details, and provides 4 viewing profiles to match different viewing conditions.

Compatible with Microsoft Windows Vista operating system, Asus XG Station sports a LED display on which you can check the FPS, GPU speed, Temperature, Volume and Fanspeed, while featuring the following Dolby’s sound enhancements: Dolby Headphone, Dolby Virtual speaker, Dolby Digital Live and Dolby Pro LogicIIx.

Graphics are powered by an NVIDIA GeForce 8600GT with SLI, 256MB GDDR3 memory, DirectX10 and Shader Model 4.0 for cool video effects. In addition, there are the OpenGL 2.0 support, 4 USB 2.0 ports, and single dual-link DVI outputs for 3840 x 2400 at 30Hz resolution displays.

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