Upgraded versions of NVIDIA's GeForce 7900 GTX and GeForce 7900 GT with HDCP support will be lanched between July and the middle of August.
For mid-range and entry-level graphics processing units (GPUs), Nvidia will offer HDPC support as an option, indicated the sources. Nvidia announced the GeForce 7950 GX2 with HDCP support in early June, said the sources, noting that the vendor highlighted HDCP implementation as a requirement of HDTV (high-definition TV), Blu-ray and HD DVD applications. Graphics cards that don't support HDCP will degrade the resolution of HD signals from 1080P to 540p, the sources indicated.
The sources estimate a selection of Blu-ray and DVD PC disc drives will be released by Panasonic, NEC, Sony, Toshiba, Lite-On IT, Royal Philips Electronics and Samsung Electronics between the third and fourth quarters, when HDCP support will be one of the graphics cards' key features to support these products.