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Enabling High Performance Graphics on a Laptop Integrated-LCD through a docking station

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000021315D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Jan-13
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Jan-13

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Many computer users avoid purchasing laptops because of their desire to run the latest video intensive software. These types of video intensive applications put a significant strain on the system and the strain can only be alleviated by a high-performance video card. Generally, these high-performance video cards are uncommon in laptops, yet prevalent amongst desktop computers. However, with the advent of upcoming high speed busses like PCI-Express, it is possible to power a laptop's LCD by muxxing the video signal from a high-performance after-market video card that can be installed inside a docking station. This feature would give laptop users the ability to upgrade their video cards as easily as desktop users provided that they have a docking station.