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HDMI HD video standard starting to pick up in the PC industry

ATI today announced that it and ASUS have unveiled an HDMI-enabled notebook, called the ASUS W1J. The new notebook will be the first notebook that will allow users to truly use their machines as a high-definition home theater device -- this and the W1J will be very much ready for Windows Vista when it ships. The new W1J will be an Intel Core Duo based notebook with the following specs:
  • Intel Core Duo Processor T2300/T2400/T2500/T2600
  • Mobile Intel 945PM Express Chipset
  • Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection
  • DDRII 533/667 MHz, up to 2GB
  • 15.4" WXGA/WXGA+ Zero Bright Dot Warranty, Color Shine & Crystal Shine LCD, ASUS Splendid Video Intelligent Engine
  • ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 GDDR3
  • SATA 80/100/120GB
  • Analog TV (W1Jb)/ Hybrid TV (Analog+DVB-T) (W1Jc)
The W1J is also equipped to view both analog and digital TV, and be able to record as well. According to ATI:

The W1J is one of the first to offer HDMI capabilities, which is the only industry-supported, uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface available on the market today. HDMI provides the optimal interface between any audio/video source, such as a DVD player, set-top box or A/V receiver and an audio and/or video monitor, such as a digital television (DTV) or PC monitor, over a single cable.

HDMI itself has been a sticky subject, at least in computers for the last year or so. In the home theater market, HDMI devices have been shipping for several years now, but only until very recently have manufacturers started to announce devices that support the HD video standard. Acer last week announced its Aspire iDea 500 media center PC, which supports HDCP-HDMI output. Universal Abit also announced that it was the first motherboard manufacturer out the door with a HDMI-enabled motherboard.

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Wow! Who cares...
By sxr7171 on 6/5/2006 12:42:51 PM , Rating: 2
So HDMI by itself will allow this thing to be used as a HD home theater computer - wow!

So there is no such thing as a DVI to HDMI adapter either is there? Also you can't get one for $18 - right?

What a breakthrough! Having audio traveling on a the cable as video, it enables things that otherwise wouldn't be possible.

As for HDCP, who needs it? A real HD home theater laptop doesn't need HDCP, HDMI - the big breakthrough - alone should suffice.

RE: Wow! Who cares...
By Oscarine on 6/5/2006 1:01:03 PM , Rating: 2
Seems to be a bit more there than just HDMI, Integrated TV Tuner, including a Digital one on the higher end model, decent video, with Acceleration for High Def content...

RE: Wow! Who cares...
By Mudvillager on 6/5/2006 2:22:08 PM , Rating: 2
reducing cable clutter is always much appreciated...

By NoNoBadDog on 6/5/2006 4:51:26 PM , Rating: 2
It's based on Intel....can you say "slow"?

Paltry 533MHz FSB...and this is for serious HD video?

This would be a winner with AMD inside, but as is it's just a gimmick.

RE: Yawn...
By apriest on 6/5/2006 5:36:34 PM , Rating: 2
HUH?! Have you ever edited audio or video on a Centrino or Core Duo CPU? It's actually in incredibly efficient processor and quite impressive. Dual core only improves on video editing with more threads.

Aren't they holding off
By bnme on 6/5/2006 2:55:04 PM , Rating: 2
the HDCP downgrading thing (if you don't have HDCP) until 2010 or something?

Not the first...
By abakshi on 6/5/2006 4:14:37 PM , Rating: 2
A few days ago, Acer unveiled its new Ferrari 5000 (basically AMD version of TravelMate 8204 WLMi), which has an HDMI port w/ HDCP support, a Mobility Radeon X1600, and a slot-loading HD-DVD drive.

By Scabies on 6/5/2006 12:30:00 PM , Rating: 1

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