HDCP-enabled GeForce 7900 GT, GTX coming soon
NVIDIA is gearing up to introduce new GeForce 7900-series graphics
card reference designs with High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection support, according
graphics card manufacturers quoted by DigiTimes. Sources at the
manufacturers say new GeForce 7900 GT and 7900 GTX designs with HDCP
support will show up "between July and the middle of August." HDCP, a
video signal encryption method, is required to play protected
high-definition video from Blu-ray and HD DVD discs at its full
resolution. So far, support for HDCP is implemented in GeForce 7950
GX2 graphics cards as well as a handful of other cards, including one
of MSI's GeForce 7600 GTs.
By tossing GeForce 7900-series cards into the mix, NVIDIA will
continue its efforts to push Blu-ray and HD DVD support on the PC.
Late last month, the company introduced PureVideo HD in its newest ForceWare
drivers, allowing GeForce 7-series GPUs to accelerate high-definition
media playback. According to NVIDIA, PureVideo HD may prove necessary to play some demanding
HD media without dropping frames, even with a
high-end dual-core processor.