FiringSquad: b. Are there plans to extend SDI support to something either higher or lower-end than the current Quadro FX4000 SDI?
FiringSquad: Since PureVideo isn't a brand-name attached to the display component of a GPU (component video out, etc.) I wanted to ask a few display questions from the get go.
a. Windows Vista may require HDCP support for high-definition playback. Which NVIDIA products support HDCP?
Scott Vouri: All our GeForce 6 Series and GeForce 7 Series GPUs provide HDCP support. In fact we’ve offered it as a design option to our partners since back in May. Two good examples of our technology can be found in the Sony VAIO RA940GN4 ( GeForce 6600 HDCP) and the Sony VGX-XL1 Digital Living System (GeForce 6200 HDCP/HDMI)
[Alan's comments: That VGX-XL1 is actually really cool – it's a two-box unit where the second box is a 200-disc DVD changer. It's integrated with Windows Media Center Edition where you can keep track of what discs are in there. You can also populate the changer with DVD-Rs and do automated disc burning! Equally cool is the fact that the sound card reportedly supports DSD playback for use with the DSD mastering software that comes with the system.
This answer actually highlights one of the strengths of vertical integration. Since ATI manufactures their own board, it's possible for ATI to directly translate chip technology down to the board level. With NVIDIA technology you aren't guaranteed to see all of the chip technology exposed at the board level.]
Definitely. Today’s professional broadcast standards require the quality of our 10-bit uncompressed Serial Data Interface output, and the industry’s adoption of the Quadro FX4000 SDI as the video card of choice ensure that you will see SDI on many more NVIDIA products.
FiringSquad: 8 questions on "rumored" NVIDIA DualTV.
Alan – sorry I can’t answer these yet because they relate to an unannounced product…
[Alan's comment: Doh! Still, if you notice the introduction, Scott Vouri does acknowledge the existence of a prototype NVIDIA dual tuner…]