Feeds

Sapphire ready to ship first HDMI graphics card

HDTV friendly

The Power of One Infographic

Sapphire has claimed to be the first graphics card maker to offer a board with a built-in HDMI port. The card is based on ATI's CrossFire-ready Radeon X1600 GPU.

The Radeon X1600 Pro HDMI's graphics core has 12 pixel pipelines and is connected across a 128-bit bus to 256MB of GDDR 3 clocked to 800MHz. The GPU runs at 500MHz. The board supports ATI's Avivo picture enhancement system.

sapphire radeon x1600 pro hdmi

In addition to the HDMI port, the board has a VGA connector for backwards compatibility - there's a VGA-to-DVI adaptor in the box. The HD-oriented connector is linked to an HDCP chip on board allowing it to transmit copy-protected content. The card has in inside-facing connector for digital audio signals, which are then sent out through the HDMI port.

HDMI is already the de facto standard for connecting HD devices in the consumer electronics world, and it's gaining traction in the PC arena too, particularly for media applications. It's compatible with DVI, but supports audio as well as video. It's a much smaller, more convenient connector than DVI.

sapphire radeon x1600 pro hdmi

The HDMI specification was last week updated to version 1.3.

Sapphire said the board will go on sale next week at around the $155 (£85) mark. ®

Top three mobile application threats

More from The Register

next story
NEW Raspberry Pi B+, NOW with - count them - FOUR USB ports
Composite vid socket binned as GPIO sprouts new pins
Child diagnosed as allergic to iPad
Apple's fondleslab is the tablet dermatitis sufferers won't want to take
Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops
Redmond's chief salesman: We're taking 'hard' decisions
For Lenovo US, 8-inch Windows tablets are DEAD – long live 8-inch Windows tablets
Reports it's killing off smaller slabs are greatly exaggerated
Seventh-gen SPARC silicon will accelerate Oracle databases
Uncle Larry's mutually-optimised stack to become clearer in August
EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers
El Reg cops a squint at investigatory letters
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Mobile application security vulnerability report
The alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, and the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.