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GeCube's low profile features a single DMS59 output
With space on the graphic card getting tight, DMS59 is on the rebound

Several years ago, NVIDIA and ATI tried to ship graphic cards with DSM59 outputs on high end adaptors with little success.  Dual Monitor System 59 (DMS59) is a 59-pin external interconnect for graphic cards.  The 59 pin cable can transmit two DVI signals at a time after which an adaptor can split the pin-out into any dual output combination of two DVI and two 15-pin D-sub outputs. 

At CeBIT 2006, GeCube will announce its low profile Radeon X1600 Pro adaptor with a single DMS59 output.  Corporate product managers from the company hinted to us that the X1600 Pro is just the first of a series of cards from GeCube that will reintroduce the DSM59 interconnect -- future plans include a dual DMS59 Radeon that would effectively allow one to connect four displays to a single card.  The Radeon X1600 to be announced does not support HDCP compatibility, but if it did the DMS59 interface would have no problem transmitting the signal we are told.

Molex owns the royalties on DMS59, which may have lead to the failure of manufacturers to adopt the interconnect standard.  With the glass ceiling of graphic card pricing constantly rising, the licensing fee for the DMS59 interface is now a considerably smaller percentage of the build cost compared to three years ago. 

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Forget DVI?
By kextyn on 2/27/2006 8:44:15 AM , Rating: 2
This thing outputs DVI! It's not a replacement. In this case it's being used to have 2 DVI outputs where there isn't physically enough space for it.

Also HDMI is compatible with DVI, the only exception being that it can carry audio as well. What this means is they can make Y adapters to output 2xHDMI, HDMI/DVI or HDMI/15pin VGA. And if they really want to they can let you plug in audio to it. So you may have a Y adapter at the video card, but you will only have one cable for audio and video to your home theater system.

RE: Forget DVI?
By RamarC on 2/27/2006 1:42:09 PM , Rating: 2
I'm waiting for a mfg to combine a video card and a sound card -- that's when HDMI on video card will make sense. A single PCIe card should be able to expose itself as multiple devices and more-advanced GPUs could off-load some audio processing. But considering SB-Live!s are only $35 retail, a two-chip combo card should only be a smidgen more than a video-only version.

I think a Creative/Radeon X1700 or TurtleBeach/nVidia 7600 would be great cards for home theatre PCs.

RE: Forget DVI?
By rika13 on 2/27/2006 2:00:38 PM , Rating: 2
as in the NV1?

nvidia's first card was an integrated sound/graphics accelerator that supported higher order surfaces and could even make a perfect sphere (not the geodesic dome outta a bajillion triangles, a REAL sphere)

of course quadratic texture maps were a bitch to program for and D3D had polygons as the industry standard

RE: Forget DVI?
By saxonww on 2/27/2006 5:58:27 PM , Rating: 2
How about the Media Vision "Thunder and Lightning" card? I used to own one, it was a 16 bit ISA combo VGA/Sound card.

RE: Forget DVI?
By kextyn on 2/27/2006 2:02:28 PM , Rating: 2
Check out the pictures of the 7900GT. You don't need the audio chip on the same card as the video. All you need is a digital signal from the sound card implanted into the HDMI. Its more of a passthrough then anything. When it becomes mainstream it will be nothing more than plugging in a cable from the sound card to the video card just like we do now from the CD-ROM to the sound card.

RE: Forget DVI?
By ShinoOoo on 2/27/2006 7:51:43 PM , Rating: 2
You are slightly mistaken here.
I will not cease to repeat it but;
DVI is a double standard; DVI-I (Analog&Digital) and DVI-D (Digital only)
HDMI is a Digital Only, and is compatible with DVI-D only, and yet only a wide HDMI, the one with 6 TMDS links. Because yes, there is a short HDMI connector with only 3 TMDS links, though I've never seen it elesewhere than in the spec.
Conclusion : HDMI is strictly not compatible with RGB/VGA, unless you use .. guess what .. another adapter!

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