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Thursday, May 20, 2004
 
Nvidia MXM to Make Mobile Video Chips Replaceable?
6:00 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

Mobile users, after years of not being able to swap-out graphics chips, may finally have their answer on the way. Graphics card maker Nvidia recently announced a new specification, designed to allow mobile users to switch graphics cards as easily as desktop users do.

Here's the full info:

Nvidia today rolled out its Mobile PCI Express Module (MXM) specification, a move it hopes will one day see notebook users swapping out old graphics chips for new ones as easily as desktops users do today.
MXM details three module formats, each designed to meet the demands and operating envelopes of the key notebook market segments. MXM I is geared toward thin'n'light laptops, MXM II to mainstream machines and MXM III is intended for desktop replacements.

Nvidia said it was opening up the MXM spec. to allow other chip vendors and any number of notebook vendors to support the initiative. Beyond the association with Nvidia, it's hard to see why they wouldn't. Notebooks are taking an ever greater share of the PC market, and without MXM or something like it, there's unlikely ever to be much in the way of a mobile graphics after-market.

Of course, even assuming the specification was to be accepted and begin to catch-on, the situation on the Mac notebook side of the fence is much different than for PC users. The video chipsets and drivers Apple uses are all customized for OS X specifically, but here's to hoping Apple, Nvidia, and other manufacturers can work out a solution as well.

Nvidia MXM to Make Mobile Video Chips Replaceable?
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