NVIDIA to launch HDCP-ready GeForce 7900's next month

Written by Tim Smalley

July 5, 2006 | 15:32

Tags: #7900 #definition #geforce #gt #gtx #hd #hdcp #high #update

Companies: #ati #blu-ray #nvidia

NVIDIA is expected to update its product line next month with HDCP-ready versions of its GeForce 7900 GTX and GeForce 7900 GT video cards, according to sources cited by Digitimes.

It's about time too. That's not specifically targeted at NVIDIA - HDCP is a feature that should have been rolled out industry-wide a long time ago, in our opinion. At least hardware vendors are working towards shipping HDCP-ready video cards.

NVIDIA has already launched and successfully shipped GeForce 7950 GX2 with native HDCP support, so it makes sense for other G71-based video cards to follow shortly afterwards.

HDCP support is becoming increasingly important, with the HD era creeping up on us rather quickly. Just yesterday, BenQ showed us its first Blu-Ray burner - drives like this are going to require a HDCP-enabled video card and monitor in order to support the drives and play content back at high-definition resolutions.

ATI's high-end graphics processing units currently don't offer native HDCP support - they require an additional HDCP decode chip. The current solutions on offer are from Texas Instruments and Silicon Image - these are reported to cost around 2-to-3 US dollars to implement on a video card.

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