Bit Tech writes Netstor Technology has presented a new external PCI Express expansion box that enables you to connect a PCI Express x16 card to your laptop via an ExpressCard interface (which is limited to PCIe x1 bandwidth). The Netstor TurboBox-mini NA220A is expected to retail for around $400, but it won't be much good for gamers due to the limited bandwidth and a 80W limitation.
Built into a 25.4x19.8x5.8cm aluminium chassis, the Netstor TurboBox-mini NA220A - as it is known - is designed to allow a PCIe x16 card to be inserted within and from there connected to a host laptop via an ExpressCard interface - or, less excitingly, a low-profile PC via a special PCIe card.
Although Netstor state that the device can offer mobile gaming platforms a much-needed boost by allowing desktop PCIe graphics cards to be hooked up to a notebook, the current version is limited by an 80W dedicated power supply - enough for a low-range graphics card but unlikely to get a Fermi ticking over. That said, the company has promised a second model featuring a beefier 200W PSU and three PCIe slots which may fair better - although the ExpressCard interface does limit the bandwidth available to the card.
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Re: Netstor shows off external PCIe caddy for laptops by Anonymous on Friday, May 14 2010 @ 03:08:48 CEST
Someday something like this will be based off LightPeak technology and be incredible (external everything, including powerful graphics cards from any LightPeak laptop), but for now this is a great move in the right direction.
Mobiles are the main market of the future. This just gives mobiles some oomph and connectivity when they are "home" or "at work" which is where they spend a lot of time.