New ATI-based graphics cards with HDMI and HDCP support will arrive soon:
GeCube on July 5 announced its latest HV series of ATI Radeon X1300 and X1600 cards that offer cost-effective native HDCP implementation. The X1300 will be available in mid-July and will be priced at US$149.
Then on July 7, Sapphire Technology announced that its Sapphire Radeon X1600Pro HDMI card was shipping, making it the first available HDMI graphics card. The card features the ATI Radeon X1600 Pro GPU and supports HDCP using the HDMI interface.
Tul will also release an HDMI card featuring the ATI Radeon X1600 GPU and supporting HDCP through a Silicon Image chip on the card, industry sources stated. The card will be available at the end of this month priced at US$159, according to the sources.
According to ATI, the graphics chip maker can also support HDCP natively without the need for an extra chip, based on the requirements of its board partners.