Friday, January 23, 2009

HDMI / HDCP with 2560 x 1600 Support?

The Dell 3007WFP and Hewlett Packard LP3065 30" LCD monitors require a
graphics card with a dual-link DVI port to drive the ultra high native
resolution of 2560x1600 which these monitors support. With the current
family of NVIDIA Geforce 8 & 7 series HDCP capable GPU's, playback of
HDCP content is limited to single-link DVI connection only. HDCP is
disabled over a dual-link DVI connection. The highest resolution the
Dell 30" 3007WFP supports in single-link DVI mode is 1280x800 and
therefore this is the highest resolution which HDCP playback is
supported in single-link DVI mode on current Geforce 8 &7 series HDCP
capable GPU's. On other 3rd party displays with a native resolutions
of 1920x1200 and below, the graphics card interfaces with the monitor
over a single-link DVI connection. In this case, playback of content
protected Blu-Ray and HD-DVD movies is possible on HDCP capable
Geforce 8& 7 series GPU's.

There is some hope though: dv411(dot)com is selling converters which
may provide the adaptation necessary for the giant monitors coming our
way. The $450 price tag is steep, IMHO, but that doesn't mean there
isn't already competition in the converter arena of that prices won't
plummet once the converging technologies and trends gain momentum.

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