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I just heard about these processors today, too. In addition to direct sales, Vidikron is one firm that will be slapping on their faceplate and selling them.
They seem squarely aimed at Faroudja. The $13,995 model seems to have many of the functions and scaling capabilities (if not more) of the DVP3000. One interesting note: The unit does not have 3/2 pull down because the manufacturer claims its not necessary because the unit will digitally detect film and video and process them at 72 Hz and/or 60 Hz frame rates (again, their claim, not mine).
The $8995 model seems similair to the DVP2200 which list for $8K, but will do a wider range of output frequencies: 625P, 525P, 1024 X 768, 1280 X 1080, and of course, SVGA and XGA like the DVP2200. I do have one major concern -- nobody seems to know if this unit has an HDTV pass through like its more expensive brother. It's hard to believe that it wouldn't though.
I have seen neither of these units in action. They do seem to have more industrial, less refined cosmetics than the Faroudjas. But the specs are promising.
One last thing: For our Eurpopean friends, both units are PAL TV system compatible at no extra charge (Faroudja charges more for PAL compatibility).
I'm not sure I'd choose either of these over the more established Faroudja line which does so many things so well, but it sure is nice to have the competition.
[This message has been edited by PF (edited August 03, 2000).]