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AMD XGP (eXternal Graphics Platform) is brand for an external graphics solution for laptops and notebooks by AMD. The technology was announced on June 4, 2008 on Computex 08 trade show, following the announcement of the codenamed Puma notebook platform.[1][2][3]


Originally reported by as a side project to the R600 series graphics cards. Codenamed Lasso,[4] the project is an external graphics solution using desktop video cards, and data is sent via two cables as defined in PCI-E external cabling specification (version 1.0). The project would later fall into development hell with unknown development status.[citation needed] In June 2008, near Computex 2008, rumours surfaced over the Internet about AMD is preparing an external graphics solution for notebook computers, but using a proprietary connectivity solution instead. The ATI XGP was officially announced on June 4, 2008 during the course of the Computex 2008 exhibition.


The XGP platform consists of several parts, that includes a mobility Radeon HD graphics card, an external case and a proprietary connectivity solution.




  • Proprietary connectivity solution designed in collaboration with JAE Electronics
    • Transfer PCI-E 2.0 signals between XGP and the notebook computer
    • PCI Express 2.0 compliant
    • 8 lanes and 16 lanes option available
    • Hot plug detection
    • AMD has one year exclusivity on the use of the connector [5]
  • 2 USB 2.0
    • For connecting external disc players
    • Connected via the signal pairs between the southbridge to the USB hub via the cable


Consumer products[edit]


  • Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo Sa 3650
  • Acer Ferrari One 200


  • Fujitsu-Siemens AMILO GraphicBooster[6]
  • Acer DynaVivid[7]


  1. ^ "AMD XGP™ Technology". Archived from the original on June 25, 2011.
  2. ^ "Sony Vaio Z2: Everything is Peripheral". AnandTech. 2012-02-13. Retrieved 2014-07-09.
  3. ^ "ATI XGP from AMD – Desktop-class Graphics for Notebook Gamers". AMD. 2009-01-22. Archived from the original on 2014-06-26. Retrieved 2014-07-09.
  4. ^ Hexus.Net report, retrieved June 16, 2008
  5. ^ "AMD has a one-year exclusive on the PCIe External connector". 2008-06-26. Archived from the original on 2012-04-16. Retrieved 2008-06-23.
  6. ^ "AMILO GraphicBooster - External graphic box".
  7. ^ "DynaVivid Graphics Dock from Acer".

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