Actually, maybe Nvidia has this on its I/O chip but the bottom line is that the G80-based Geforce 8800 GTX and GTS have native HDMI support. It's buried in the chip, along with native HDCP support. The firms just need to pay half a cent to Intel for a key embedded in the card bios and you get yourself a HDMI/HDCP capable card.More info at The Inq.
Nvidia and ATI are paying a $10.000 annual membership fee and they are willing to pay four cents for the HDMI royalty as well.
NVIDIA GeForce 8800 and ATI R600 support native HDMI
Posted on Wednesday, Nov 01 2006 @ 12:53 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Both NVIDIA's GeForce 8800, which will be released on November 8, and ATI's upcoming R600 will have native HDMI support.