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
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.