Feeds

Asus readies HDMI-enabled graphics cards

Red and green cards with HDMI spotted

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Computex 2006 Asus showed two graphics cards with HDMI connectors on its stand at Computex this week. The first was an ATI Radeon X1600 Pro-based low-profile card with an HDMI and D-sub connector - a similar design to the ones that Sapphire has shown in the past. However, the second card was based on an Nvidia GeFore 7600GT and featured S/PDIF input.

There have been some concerns about how to enable sound from a graphics card over the HDMI connector, as HDMI also supports a digital audio stream. Asus solved this by adding an optical S/PDIF connector to the rear of the graphics card. An optical S/PDIF cable is then used to connect the graphics card to your sound card's optical output port. This way the sound is transferred from the sound card to the graphics card and then sent out alongside with the video data.

However, there is still the issue of possible sync problems with the sound and the video and at this time it isn't clear if Asus has managed to work around this problem.

asus_hdmi_7600gt

Both cards supports HDCP content protection, and Asus also supplies an HDMI-to-DVI dongle so you can still use both cards with a DVI-enabled display. Asus also claimed that both cards are designed for Windows Vista.

A rather odd beast also made its appearance on the Asus stand: a dual ATI Radeon X1600 XT card, much like the dual 7800 GT card that Asus shipped in limited quantities. It wasn't clear if this was a real product or not as according to some sources it isn't possible as yet to fit two ATI GPUs on the same PCB in a CrossFire configuration. ®

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?