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Licensing, confusion causes delays

AMD was expected to release its long awaited ATI RS690 integrated graphics chipset shortly after the AM2 launch in mid-2006. Since the AMD acquisition of ATI, the chipset has since been renamed to AMD 690. The AMD 690 chipset is currently in its A12 stepping, which is near final silicon. However, AMD has run into a slight delay with the AMD 690 chipset.

AMD is asking major members of the Chinese media to remove all references of the chipset in articles from their publications by Christmas day or be left out when it comes to review samples.

Motherboard samples based on the AMD 690 chipset were expected early next year. Manufacturers were expected to have motherboards ready to be shipped as early as January 2007. Nevertheless, it appears AMD is waiting until early February 2007 to launch the long-awaited and delayed AMD 690.

DailyTech has learned the further delay of the AMD 690 chipset is likely due to licensing issues regarding its HDCP implementation. While AMD possesses the proper licensing for HDCP support on several products, it lacks licensing for the AMD 690 specifically. This is because the HDMI consortium requires additional licensing fees per product in addition to the yearly fees AMD already pays for its HDCP-compliant products.

HDCP is just the tip of the iceberg. The AMD 690’s support for HDMI is also brought to question. Although the TMDS transmitter endowed AMD 690 variants will support HDMI with the proper external chips, AMD isn’t allowed to mention HDMI support without a license. Specific manufacturers anticipating to announce RS690 motherboards -- MSI, DFI and ASUS -- will still need valid licenses for HDMI, HDCP and Macrovision, as well as per-board validation. 

Recently, ATI came under close scrutiny with regard to false claims regarding HDCP readiness.  HDMI, HDCP and Macrovision need to be licensed on the chipset vendor and the motherboard manufacturer, and it appears as though AMD is hardpressed to repeat the mistake made by ATI last year.

Despite setbacks, ASUS is expected to have an AMD 690 based motherboard ready next month, though it will most likely lack HDMI and HDCP support.

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Typical Licensing BS
By slashbinslashbash on 12/21/2006 2:49:19 AM , Rating: 2
Well, it's good to know that it's not being delayed due to actual technical reasons.... it's just politics and licensing BS. Those who come up with overly-wrought "standards" benefit while those who are just trying to bring a product to market are dragged down and delayed.

As an aside, it looks like my current machine will be the last I own with no hardware content protection. The next generation looks like we will have DRM forced down our throats with support for HDMI, HDCP, and God knows what else embedded in CPU's, GPU's, sound cards, and motherboards. Before you know it, you will have to buy HDCP-enabled SATA cables to hook up your internal Blu-Ray or HD-DVD drive to your motherboard.

BTW DailyTech, it is absurd that you have not fixed the "Oooops!" BS yet. It is clearly a time-related thing. There is a cookie or something that expires after like 5 minutes. This is way too short. Tell your webmaster to change that variable. Simple as that. You want to hire me, I can do it. $10 and I'll fix it.

RE: Typical Licensing BS
By phusg on 12/21/2006 4:05:29 AM , Rating: 2
Here here. Please fix these Oopss! errors!!!

RE: Typical Licensing BS
By KristopherKubicki on 12/21/2006 4:47:18 AM , Rating: 1
The error has to do with a bit of Javascript not loading/executing incorrectly. We've been working on the problem and will have it fixed very soon.

RE: Typical Licensing BS
By Kougar on 12/21/2006 10:21:43 AM , Rating: 2
Nice to know I'm not the only one with this headache. I use Opera 9.10 and get them all the time, the only way to get around them is to go back, completely reload the page, then start over. Hope ya can pinpoint the issue soon!

RE: Typical Licensing BS
By dice1111 on 12/21/2006 9:22:27 AM , Rating: 2
HDCP SATA cables? Can't you give us some more info on this? This is new to me.

RE: Typical Licensing BS
By chucky2 on 12/21/2006 1:47:09 PM , Rating: 2
He was being sarcastic...

...and I agree, HDCP is just another hassle for me as a consumer...but to ignore the need for it in the future would be foolish, the writing is on the wall (or is in the midst of being written).


RE: Typical Licensing BS
By Targon on 12/21/2006 5:44:39 PM , Rating: 2
In order to display HD-DVD and Blu-Ray content at the proper resolution, you need the player to support HDCP(High Def Copy Protection), you also need the video card to support HDCP, and on top of that your monitor needs to support HDCP. If any of these does not support HDCP, the resolution will be downgraded to 480p, even if the content is at 1080p.

This is so obnoxious that many people are starting to speculate that you will need cables of every type with HDCP support in order to save or load any video content at a high resolution.

RE: Typical Licensing BS
By leexgx on 12/24/2006 12:59:40 PM , Rating: 2
HDCP should be all auto but any unprotected 1080P stuff should have no problems been played on None HDCP stuff

my self hd-dvd/Blue-ray disk HDCP will not be an problems for me as i proberly never own any real disks

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