Interesting- HDTV motherboard support

Chris Muriel

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From Electronics Weekly (trade mag) :
Via Offers HDTV PC Chipsets
Online staff -- Electronic News, 3/15/2004

Looking to tap into the new market Intel is working to create for the "Entertainment PC," Via Technologies Inc. has announced two chipsets designed to deliver high definition video to the Pentium 4 Processor platform.


The PM800 and PM880 chipsets offer the S3 Graphics UniChrome Pro Integrated Graphics Processor (IGP) core, featuring a high-performance 2D/3D graphics engine and the Chromotion CE Video Display Engine.

"The Via PM800 and PM880 IGP chipsets accommodate the changing role of the PC, which is rapidly expanding from a simple productivity role, to delivering a much broader digital media functionality," said Richard Brown, associate vice president of marketing at the Taipei, Taiwan-based company, in a statement.

"UniChrome Pro is the first IGP chipset graphics core to truly meet the challenges this raises, delivering an outstanding digital media experience regardless of which display device you are using, while providing excellent 2D/3D graphics performance," he said. That means the chipset will work on CRTs, LCD screens and the newest generation of digital televisions.

The chipset offers support for all HDTV formats including "Super" HDTV 1080p displays, according to Via. The display engine also includes an integrated hardware MPEG-2 decoder for flawless DVD playback with ultra-low CPU utilization.

The chipsets also feature dual 128-bit pipelines and an advanced 200 MHz graphics engine with support for up to 64MB of shared DDR memory, and the chipsets also support an external AGP 8X port enabling the flexibility of a graphics card upgrade.

The chipsets are available now, and motherboards based on them are expected to be available in Q2.

The hardware MPEG decode on board should make things a lot easier with a basic satellite tuner card.

Chris Muriel, Manchester.

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