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Unfortunately the new display only goes up to 1440x900

Gateway this week announced its first HDCP-compliant LCD panel, called the FPD1975W. The screen is a 19-inch wide aspect ratio display that boasts decent resolution with support for HDCP content protection. Although the unit does not include a HDMI input, it does come with a DVI-D connection as well as an analog DB-15 input. The DVI-D input accepts traditional DVI signals as well as HDCP-DVI signals.

The FBD1975W will be one of the first few displays out to be able to claim true Windows Vista HDCP support, and be able to play back Blu-ray and HD-DVD movies when they actually ship. DailyTech previously reported that BenQ also announce an HDCP-capable display at Computex called the FP241W, which is a 24-inch wide aspect ratio LCD.

Gateway's FBD1975W specifications:
  • Size: 19-inches
  • Aspect ratio: 16:10
  • Brightness: 300cd/m2
  • Contrast ratio: 700:1
  • Resolution: 1440x900
  • Response time: 8ms gray-to-gray
  • Inputs: DVI-D, DB-15 VGA
  • Lamp life: 50,000 hours
Resolution for Gateway's new 19-inch seems a bit on the low side, as some smaller 15-inch displays are already at 1440x900. The most interesting part is that even though the FBD1975W will support HDCP playback of HD content such as Blu-ray and HD-DVD, it will not be able to play those back at native resolution, since 1920x1080 is not supported. Without actual support for a native 1920x1080 resolution at the least, the screen will be unable to playback Blu-ray or HD-DVD content at their full HDCP-protected resolutions.




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