Subject: Re: ATI releases cutting-edge home-theatre video card
Date: Thu, 3 Oct 2002 21:47:05 +0100
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about 400 odd quid in the UK tho :( !
"milne_v" wrote in message
> ATI releases cutting-edge home-theatre video card
> Globe and Mail Update
> MARKHAM, Ont., Sept. 30 - ATI Technologies Inc. has released its next
> top-of-the-line video card, the All-in-Wonder 9700 Pro, for the high-
> end home-theatre, video-editing and gaming markets.
> The board, which ATI says is the world's fastest multimedia graphics
> card, offers support for two TV tuners (which the company calls
> called mulTView) and 128MB of Double Data Rate (DDR) memory.
> Powered by the new Radeon 9700 Pro visual processor unit graphics
> chip will be available this fall for less than $500 (U.S.).
> ATI has also cut the price of the All-in-Wonder Radeon 8500DV, the
> predecessor to the All-in-Wonder 9700, to $199 (U.S.) and the All-in-
> Wonder Radeon 7500 to $149 (U.S.).
> "With dual TV tuner support, we've delivered a major customer-
> requested feature," ATI marketing director Godfrey Cheng said ion
> making the announcement.
> The card "delivers many great new features that elevate the Home
> Theater PC to a brand new level," he added.
> The new graphics chip includes Microsoft DirectX 9.0 support, ATI's
> Videoshader colour-correction engine and video compression.
> Among other features of the 9700 board are component outputs, meaning
> the card can support a non-interlaced display in the family room for
> DVD, personal video recording, gaming and other Windows-based
> Software included with the board is ATI's Multimedia Centre 8.0 and
> (for the North American market only) Gemstar-TV Guide's Guide Plus
> television listings and enhanced TV-on-Demand PVR for instant
> replays, pausing live TV or recording live broadcasts for later
> Enhancements have been made to previously available software,
> dual TV tuner capabilities, such as picture-in-picture when combined
> with the ATI-TV Wonder board or TV Wonder VE; a technology called
> Throughview, which allows the video image to become translucent
> during TV, DVD and video file playback, so users can continue working
> on applications on the desktop; Videosoap, a filtering system to
> reduce noise, improve sharpness and soften focus as desired during
> video compression for PVR and personal video editing functions; and
> Fullstream, which uses pixel shaders to remove blocky artifacts from
> streaming video and provides sharper image quality and greater
> Users can also search through closed captions within TV-on-Demand, a
> feature that complements the Hotwords feature, which alerts users
> that words they select have been used in a closed-captioned
> broadcast. They can also edit videos with Pinnacle Studio 8 SE; a
> package called Matchware Mediator 7, which enables users to combine
> text, pictures, videos and sounds to build presentations in a few
> minutes. A remote-control using radio frequency allows users to
> change channels from another room up to a distance of 10 metres.
> The card also offers a stereo TV-tuner with 125 channels; analog
> video capture and editing in MPEG-2 format at up to 720 by 480 pixels
> at 30 frames per second, and Dolby AC-3 digital audio.
> The board supports Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Me, and Windows
> 98/98 SE.
> In addition, ATI Technologies has also announced a trade-up program
> for old graphics cards.
> The company's offer is for Canadian and U.S. customers who wish to
> obtain a new ATI graphics card at a discounted price by returning
> their older card, no matter which brand of card it is.
> Boards currently available through the trade-up program include the
> Radeon 9700 Pro, the Radeon 9000 Pro, the All-in-Wonder Radeon 8500,
> the Radeon 7000 Mac Edition and the Radeon 8500 Mac Edition.
> ATI says it will send customers a new in advance of the trade to
> install. Once satisfied, the customer returns the older board for a
> trade-in credit applied to a credit-card purchase.
> The company says customers taking advantage of the offer receive an
> ATI graphics board within three or six business days, depending on
> shipping choices.