Intel IGP Supports HDMI/HDCP

HKEPC reports that Intel's upcoming G35 (Bearlake G+) IGP chipset will have complete support for both HDMI connections and HDCP. With Vista and high-definition formats such as HD-DVD and Blu-Ray promising to utilize HDCP, the inclusion of this technology is surely a necessity for Intel should they wish to hang onto the market share they currently have. Thankfully, the HDMI connection will also simplify things for users as the single cable can handle both audio and video duties. Unfortunately, the HDMI spec calls for 3.3V instead of the 1.2V which the motherboard can provide so an external "Level Shifter" will be used to boost the voltage. This chip will be in production in Q2 2007 so you can expect to see the retail releas of the G35 chipset sometime in Q3 2007.

According to the official document from Intel, HDMI Signal Mixing and HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) have already built in G35 IGP. Through PCI-E pins, the 165MHz Pixel Clock provides 1.65Gbps bandwidth for the video, supporting 720p, 1080i and 1080p, and a maximum of 1600x 1200 or 1920 x 1080 ultra high 24bit resolution. In the audio part, G35 IGP features stereo LPCM and AC3 5.1 with a maximum bandwidth 96 KHz.


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