back to article Sony builds hot-swap GPU tech into ultra-portable laptop

Sony's second key laptop introduction of the week is its 13in Vaio Z - not only a low-weight boy for business but also one of the first notebooks with seen with hot-switch graphics chips. Like the Vaio FW, which was also launched this week, the Z series is based on Intel's Centrino 2 - the foundation for a raft of new notebooks …

COMMENTS

This topic is closed for new posts.
Happy

And...

It could be all yours for only £37,000!

Spanky McG

0
0
b
Thumb Up

good idea :)

better than the external box thingy that amd came up with?!

http://www.eupeople.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=658

but not better then a DUAL 8800M GTX based lappy!!! (for pure grunt)

http://www.eupeople.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=680

cheers,

bill ;)

0
0
Gates Horns

SInce 2 years ago!

Seriously guys the graphics card switch has been on Sony SZ laptops for years

http://www.trustedreviews.com/notebooks/review/2006/12/20/Sony-Vaio-VGN-SZ3XP/p2

There's a link for a sony laptop review from 2006!

0
0
Boffin

Wow!

What a magnificent breakthrough! A switch that toggles between high performance and low performance modes!

0
0

This post has been deleted by its author

Anonymous Coward

Price ?

OK, looks reasonable - but what's the price.

Nice screen but no Blu- Ray drive ?

0
0

What to call it ?

>What a magnificent breakthrough! A switch that toggles between high performance and low performance modes!

I agree, superb idea. Now lets think what we could label the button. Ive got it..... TURBO !!

Errr, wait a minute, that sounds eerily familiar....

:)

0
0
Silver badge
Stop

Dan Bowden

You might want to actually *read* the article first:

"Sony's done this kind of thing before, but here it works on the fly with no need for a re-boot."

eight out of ten for effort, zero out of ten for observation, and minus eleventy out of ten for attempted-journo-pwnage.

Anyway, if it's anything like the Sonys I have used/supported over the years, the switches will fall off within twelve months!

Steven R.

0
0

Steve

and the battery life itself will be shite as standard, and not last longer than 18 months if the machine is used everyday.

Woohoo, this might make it last 19 months instead!

Christ we're a cynical lot.

0
0
Paris Hilton

hmm... how good does the os actually cope with this.

Great idea

But how good does windoze do this?

Can linux cope with something like this as well?

Anyone know?

0
0

Hot Swap

Reading the headline I thought this meant you could actually pull the GPU out of the machine and swap in another. Now *that* would be really useful. Upgradable GPU in a laptop... ;-)

0
0
This topic is closed for new posts.

Forums