Originally Posted by JadeHawk
..So you are saying that this Video card may be upgradeble in the future by the user? I mean by just simply removing the card like on your regular desktop? Thank you for your replies..
ATI is putting these video cards on something they call the AXIOM board.
It's a standardized board that allows them to change the chipset to change the video.
AXIOM is ATI’s compact PCI Express graphics module for mobile computers that features standard form-factor, but still allows certain design flexibility to tailor the graphics sub-system for certain application. AXIOM is not only intended as a solution for graphics cards, but also allows ATI or notebook makers to develop certain multimedia add-in boards, like TV-tuners or video-capturing cards. AXIOM PCI Express modules handle only VGA signals, not LVDS, SDTV or HDTV signals.
AXIOM enables OEM and ODM designers to easily develop notebooks that can accommodate upgradeable modules for graphics and enhanced multimedia. Over the coming months ATI will introduce a family of AXIOM modules for performance notebooks. AXIOM will eventually be offered for numerous market segments allowing design flexibility and cost-efficiency for notebook makers.
There are two pictures of the module here:
you can see both the top and bottom of the board.
Since this is a standardized board it would seem easy for Dell to upgrade the video.
Of course, this is all speculation on my part.