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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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By chucky2 on 12/21/2006 5:22:11 AM , Rating: -1
...and as a quick follow-up to my last, if Asus comes out with a non-HDMI board (presumably it would/better have a D-sub AND a DVI connectors on it), and the DVI connector doesn't have HDCP support, then that IMHO is taking away one of the attactions of 690G, which is the ability to have a totally self contained solution that can use a Vista grade OS and be future proof enough to display HD-DVD and/or Blu-ray content at full 1080p resolution when the encryption flags require HDCP support.

At the rate 690G is going, AMD ought to just drop it, and get RS790 out the door a month or three sooner. They'd really be able to trump Intel then, as they'd have the first DirectX 10 integrated solution, plus it wouldn't totally suk.

I need to go to bed...I'm starting to get angered... :( :( :(

Chuck


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