Nvidia today officially unveiled PureVideo HD technology, which delivers HD DVD and Blu-ray movie playback on PCs. PureVideo HD combines hardware acceleration from an NVIDIA graphics processing unit, high definition movie player integration and support HDCP.
PureVideo HD technology will allow manufacturers and consumers to build PCs
that can play HD DVD or Blu-ray movies.
The next digital entertainment revolution is about to begin, with highly
anticipated HD DVD and Blu-ray movies shipping this summer. HD movies are
encoded in new formats that require special HD optical drives, hardware
acceleration, HDCP compatible displays, and new HD movie player software.
PureVideo HD technology combines high-definition movie decode acceleration
(using certain NVIDIA GeForce 7-series GPUs), HDCP circuitry and HD movie
player integration to deliver cinematic-quality Blu-ray and HD DVD movie
playback on a PC.
NVIDIA PureVideo HD technology provides hardware acceleration for decoding
high-definition movies in the required formats (H.264, VC-1, and MPEG-2) and
advanced post-processing features for sharp HD movie playback at
resolutions up to 1080p.
A graphics card featuring PureVideo HD technology combined with an AACS HD
disk drive, an HDCP-compliant display and a PureVideo-powered HD movie
player from companies like CyberLink, InterVideo and Nero make it possible
for consumers to enjoy HD movie playback on their PC.
Leading system builders including Sony, Toshiba and Acer have adopted NVIDIA
GeForce GPUs with PureVideo HD technology to power their first PCs capable
of playing Blu-ray and HD DVD movies. HD movie software from Nero, CyberLink
and InterVideo fully supports PureVideo HD technology. Graphics card
manufacturers including MSI and ASUS will release video cards this summer
supporting all of the features of NVIDIA PureVideo HD. In addition, NVIDIA
is working closely with major optical disk drive manufacturers including
Sony/NEC, Panasonic, Pioneer, Toshiba/Samsung, and Philips to test disk
drive performance and maximize compatibility.