Friday, February 17, 2006

Does ATI Support HDCP or Not?

Things aren't looking so hot for ATI right now. One of the leading video card manufacturers has apparently been misleading the public about HDCP support with it's products. What is HDCP? HDCP, "Short for high-bandwidth digital-content protection, a specification developed by Intel for protecting digital entertainment content that uses the DVI interface. HDCP encrypts the transmission of digital content between the video source, or transmitter - such as a computer, DVD player or set-top box - and the digital display, or receiver - such as a monitor, television or projector." HDCP is used with High Definition Technology, which International ands U.S. Government standards are focued on getting in the next generations of televisions. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has mandated that all stations be capable of broadcasting digital television by 2007.

Implementing these standards means that video card manufacturers who make HD video cards are now required to have HDCP compatibility. This is where ATI's problem's begin. Apparently, ATI along with other video card manufacturers, has sold millions of cards that they claimed to be HDCP compatible, knowing that this was not true. If you are in the market for a new HD video card, you may want to read more about this before making your purchase!