AMD Resurrects the ATI All-In-Wonder
Back as far as August 2006, news had broke that AMD planned to discontinue the ATI All-In-Wonder series of graphics cards. If you're unfamiliar with them, All-In-Wonders combined a standard GPU with extensive VIVO and TV-Tuning functionality on a single board.
For most of their lifespan, All-In-Wonders were "the" all in one (pardon the pun) cards to own. But once Windows Vista hit, they lost much of their luster due to incompatibilities with Vista's media center software and the tuning / capture devices on the cards. And after AMD stopped making them, the All-In-Wonder just sort of faded into oblivion.
It turns out that AMD wasn't quite ready to completely kill off the All-In-Wonder though. We have learned that AMD is planning to release an updated model complete with HD support, that will be available for pre-order at Best Buy very soon. The aptly named ATI All-In-Wonder HD essentially combines the functionality of a standalone TV Wonder 650 with a Radeon HD 3650 GPU. Cards will sport a hardware MPEG-2 encoder, native HDMI connections along with DVI outputs, composite video inputs and outputs, component outputs, and support OTA HD, Clear QAM digital cable TB tuning (some of the connectors are on a separate daughterboard that connects via a small ribbon cable). Of course, all of the features inherent to the Radeon HD 3650 GPU will be exposed as well, as will the features of the ATI Theater 650 chip. We should also note that unlike previous AIW cards, this new version will be fully compatible with Windows Vista.
The GPU clock on the card is reportedly 725MHz and it will be coupled to 600MHz RAM, which should make the ATI All-In-Wonder HD a bit faster than a reference Radeon HD 3650. And cards will include the ATI Avivo Video Converter as part of the Catalyst Media Center software, in addition to the AMD Live Explorer.