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Dongle-less CrossFire, full HDCP support on both desktop and mobile platforms, and more

We've come across some ATI documents that reveal ATI's next generation CrossFire enabled chipset which will be positioned as a mainstream part. RD550 has not yet received an official name at this time but details include support for 1x16 + 1x8 PCIe slots. RD550 will also enable dongle-less CrossFire support which will be a welcomed feature by enthusiasts.

RD550 is an AMD based chipset and will have support for AMD's upcoming AM2 platform. Support for AM2 will also be included with RD580. Boards using RD550 are expected to be announced sometime in March of this year. Interestingly, during the same time frame, no new chipsets for Intel processors will be introduced but Intel users can expect to see RD600 products to emerge in June. RD600 is slated to support 2x8 PCIe slots and DDR3 memory.

Also coming in June will be ATI's RS600 and RS690 parts which are both positioned as mainstream parts. A key feature of RS600 and RS690 is that ATI will implement full HDCP support on chip. According to the documents ATI indicates that the chipset will hold the necessary HDCP keys as well as support an integrated HDCP-DVI TMDS transmitter. HD audio will also be another key feature for RS600 series. Interestingly, details are noted that a mobile version of the same chipset will also have HDCP keys integrated on chip. Both chipsets will include the ability to output full HD content and come equiped with HDMI connections.

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ATI furthering content control
By TiberiusKane on 2/25/2006 1:02:39 PM , Rating: 2
I really wish these guys would sort of rebel and not support controlled digital content. If HDCP fails to be supported, then it fails as a standard, which would be good for consumers and their rights. However, it looks like nobody cares about our rights.

RE: ATI furthering content control
By Ecmaster76 on 2/25/2006 1:07:28 PM , Rating: 2
Actually they have failed to implement HDCP in any video card . So pretty much all the board makers have done us a 'favor'

RE: ATI furthering content control
By Zoomer on 2/28/2006 8:35:39 PM , Rating: 2
You have to thank Tom's, and later Anandtech, for that.

Oh yes, did I forget to mention this very glorious site? Dailytech!

Who cares about HDCP. If no one implements it, some enteprising swede would undoubtly hack it. But now...

By threEchelon on 2/25/2006 7:51:10 PM , Rating: 2
Good point. Though when it comes down to it, nVidia and ATI are just greedy comepanys like any other and they'll see HDCP as an opportunity to get people to ugrade sooner, and thus, buy their products. It'd be great though if ATI and nVidia could combine their efforts stand up for the consumer. Intel and S3 aren't that much of a threat to ATI and nVidia to usurp them over the HDCP issue.

RE: ATI furthering content control
By RobFDB on 2/25/2006 10:26:29 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sure all the OEMs would love that. Their shiney new BD or HD ROM drives not able to actually work as advertised. Oh look, here's Intel who doesn't care about consumers with their intergrated GPU that does everything the system builders wants. Say buh bye to ATis and NVidias orders for graphics cards.

Who would you rather piss off? Dell and your shareholders, or a small group of consumers who will buy your cards [b]anyway[/b]?

Remember these companies are out there to make money. Face it, all this DRM crap was set in stone years ago. It's not like it really matters in the long term, everything gets cracked eventually.

RE: ATI furthering content control
By Zoomer on 2/28/2006 8:37:00 PM , Rating: 2
I doubt dell gives a shit about HDCP. If their computers sell, they don't care if its sand or silicon inside.

"It looks like the iPhone 4 might be their Vista, and I'm okay with that." -- Microsoft COO Kevin Turner

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