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post #2731 of 4623 Old 09-27-2006, 09:18 AM
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Do you mean who makes it?
That is correct - and a model number if you have it. Basically, I'm trying to see if that drive would work in a PC. Probably not but...

I thought HP was going to have PCs with HD-DVD drives by now, but maybe I was mistaken. Is AACS the hold up? If so, any idea on the final agreement?

Since I'm really bugging you already, OCUR/Cablecard stuff still on target for Q1?

Thanks Amir and to all the insiders for the info.
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No, it isn't.



Xbox 360's AV out connector pinout:

1 Red Gnd
2 Green Ground
3 Red (Cr in HDTV mode)
4 Green (Y in HDTV mode)
5 Composite Gnd
6 Blue Ground
7 Composite (Sync in RGB mode)
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16 Audio-L
17 Switching voltage (for SCART pin-8 )
18 CBL-ID1
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21 Unknown
22 CBL-ID2
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24 CBL-ID2.1
25 Optical - Audio (SPDIF)
26 CBL-ID3
27 Optical - Gnd (SPDIF)
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29 Optical - +5V
30 See J2B1 or J8C1

Setting Cable ID:
ID1-1.1 = VGA mode enabled
ID2-2.1 and ID3-3.1 = RGB (SCART) mode enabled
ID3-3.1 = HDTV (Y/Cb/Cr) mode enabled
ID2-2.1 = Composite (TV) mode enabled



HDMI:

1 TMDS Data 2+
2 TMDS Data 2 Shield
3 TMDS Data 2-
4 TMDS Data 1+
5 TMDS Data 1 Shield
6 TMDS Data 1-
7 TMDS Data 0+
8 TMDS Data 0 Shield
9 TMDS Data 0-
10 TMDS Clock+
11 TMDS Clock Shield
12 TMDS Clock-
13 CEC
14 No Connect
15 DDC Clock
16 DDC Data
17 Ground
18 +5V Power
19 Hot Plug Detect
20 SHELL
No offense intended, but you don't know that. There are not one, but two pins that you don't know what they do. All it takes is one pin to completely change the pinout on a connector using tri-state buffers. Ex: Connect pins 21 and 23 together and pins 1-20 change to HDMI pinout.

Not saying that's how it works, but it's possible.
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amirm,

Now that the Xbox 360 has been priced, officially by MSFT, can you tell us any further details that you haven't been able to talk about up to this point?

Specifically, in the press briefing Peter Moore said Movies AND games will be output at "Native 1080p" will the only way to get this be via component or VGA meaning that there still isn't and news on an HDMI adaptor of some sort yet?

Oh and for those of you who didn't see it http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/060927/sfw094.html?.v=63
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amirm,

Now that the Xbox 360 has been priced, officially by MSFT, can you tell us any further details that you haven't been able to talk about up to this point?

Specifically, in the press briefing Peter Moore said Movies AND games will be output at "Native 1080p" will the only way to get this be via component or VGA meaning that there still isn't and news on an HDMI adaptor of some sort yet?

Oh and for those of you who didn't see it http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/060927/sfw094.html?.v=63
Our solution for Xbox customers is to use VGA and component as appropriate. As we have announced, these interfaces support 1080p resolution. And you are correct on no news on HDMI output.
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Our solution for Xbox customers is to use VGA and component as appropriate. As we have announced, these interfaces support 1080p resolution. And you are correct on no news on HDMI output.
Amir,

In a post above you responded to a poster who asked about 1080p out for movies for the add-on by saying that "But I don't yet have a definitive answer to provide here". Is there an answer coming that will address the HDMI issue and will that answer come before the add-on is released on the 24th of Nov?

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no news on HDMI output.
Could any insider comment on the rumor that HD DVD camp plan to boost the bandwidth to 40Mbps?

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Amir,

In a post above you responded to a poster who asked about 1080p out for movies for the add-on by saying that "But I don't yet have a definitive answer to provide here". Is there an answer coming that will address the HDMI issue and will that answer come before the add-on is released on the 24th of Nov?
Those are two seperate questions. I hope to bring a more definitive answer for 1080p frame rates over VGA/component. In an interesting twist, TVs/Monitors provide much wider range of refresh rates/resolutions than they do over HDMI. Right now, I can say that the system supports ATSC defined resolutions/rates. What I am trying to find out is whether we can fully support other combinations which are supported in today's displays.

The answer is complicated because gaming and DVD/HD DVD requirements are impacted differently.
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That is correct - and a model number if you have it. Basically, I'm trying to see if that drive would work in a PC. Probably not but...
OK, since I have used up my budget of "no comments" :), I guess I have to answer this one. The drive is built by TSST which is the joint Samsung/Toshiba optical manufacturing plant (same place that also makes BD drives :)). For a sense of its performance, you can look at Toshiba laptops. The drive is more performant and has better characteristics than the NEC drive used in Toshiba 1G players.

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I thought HP was going to have PCs with HD-DVD drives by now, but maybe I was mistaken. Is AACS the hold up? If so, any idea on the final agreement?
No, there is no AACS hold up. Niveous (http://www.niveus.com/) announced an HD DVD media center PC at CEDIA (actually two models).

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Since I'm really bugging you already, OCUR/Cablecard stuff still on target for Q1?

Thanks Amir and to all the insiders for the info.
Chris
I don't keep up with their schedules Chris. But I know they are working hard to get it done :).
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Amir,

How will the add on handle DD+ and TrueHD? Internal decode and out via PCM?

Thanks,
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Amir - why can't a DVI adapter be released for 360 (non-hdcp)? is there technical reasons preventing this... even though it's nit-picking, it would be useful for PJs vs VGA (and help those with HDMI/DVI switchboxes in use).

DVD's are about movies & people watch them in living rooms, how many people actually use their computer drives to sit and watch movies- Bluray's Andy Parsons
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The answer is complicated because gaming and DVD/HD DVD requirements are impacted differently.
Right. I understand completely :) . So you're saying that there will be answer as to whether HD DVDs can be played on the 360 add-on using HDMI?

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question to insiders:

do you think we need a separate xbox 360/hd dvd addon insiders q&a thread? :D;)
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Right. I understand completely :) . So you're saying that there will be answer as to whether HD DVDs can be played on the 360 add-on using HDMI?
No :). I meant the answer to whether you can do things like 24p over VGA.
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amir, when did microsoft start seriously planning the hd dvd addon?

were strategic purchasing/supply arrangements put in place well in advance to secure drives/blue lasers?
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question to insiders:

do you think we need a separate xbox 360/hd dvd addon insiders q&a thread? :D;)
I hope not as that would surely mean that I have to go and get a gaming handle :D.
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amir, when did microsoft start seriously planning the hd dvd addon?

were strategic purchasing/supply arrangements put in place well in advance to secure drives/blue lasers?
Soon after we announced support for HD DVD as a format last year. And yes, securing the drive was the #1 criteria. This is why we announced the option at CES, rather than before....
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Going to lunch now. Someone else answer questions until I get back :D.
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No :). I meant the answer to whether you can do things like 24p over VGA.
LOL! I'm going to keep trying to get an answer as to whether there will be an answer so that we all can get an answer :D . So, Amir will there be answer from MS as to whether or not the 360 add-on will be able to play HD-DVDs over HDMI? How does that sound ;) .

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LOL! I'm going to keep trying to get an answer as to whether there will be an answer so that we all can get an answer :D . So, Amir will there be answer from MS as to whether or not the 360 add-on will be able to play HD-DVDs over HDMI? How does that sound ;) .
I'd like to know as well. Esecially for the audio and it not being crippled.
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Amir,

When can we get the specs for the add on? I believe many people want answers to the how the advanced audio codecs will be handled but those questions tend to get skipped over.

Thanks,
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Amir,

I have one question (I signed up especially for that ;) ):

I have an US console but I'm located in Europe at the moment (and I took my box along). Can I just go to a shop here, purchase an european HDDVD AddOn and hook it up to my US X360?

Or do I have to wait until I get back to the states (can take some time) due to some restrictions (HW or SW wise) that prevent operation of an european AddOn with my Xbox?

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No it will not. As you know, the current US standard for digital TV is MPEG-2 so the system simply records that stream unchanged.
When MPEG4 is introduced, will it record that too unchanged?

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So, Amir will there be answer from MS as to whether or not the 360 add-on will be able to play HD-DVDs over HDMI? How does that sound ;) .
Answer is simple: NO. There is no HDMI option. Only output options are VGA/Component.
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OK, since I have used up my budget of "no comments" :), I guess I have to answer this one. The drive is built by TSST which is the joint Samsung/Toshiba optical manufacturing plant (same place that also makes BD drives :)). For a sense of its performance, you can look at Toshiba laptops. The drive is more performant and has better characteristics than the NEC drive used in Toshiba 1G players.


No, there is no AACS hold up. Niveous (http://www.niveus.com/) announced an HD DVD media center PC at CEDIA (actually two models).


I don't keep up with their schedules Chris. But I know they are working hard to get it done :).
Thanks!
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Answer is simple: NO. There is no HDMI option. Only output options are VGA/Component.
Thanks!

Will there be 5.1 or 7.1 analog output option available then?
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Answer is simple: NO. There is no HDMI option. Only output options are VGA/Component.
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Amir,


It is great somebody finally admitted there is no HDMI option. I would, however, like to phrase it a bit different and ask a similar question: Is the 360 hardware capable (out of the box) of supporting HDMI at all, forgetting all manner of potential dongles with built in Analog-to-Digital converters and HDCP chips?

Thanks so much for the great info thus far Amir!!
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Amirm, you seem to be dancing around the question of whether the XBox addon drive could be connected to a PC. I guess you guys don't want this to happen due to subsidising the cost? Stand alone PC drives seem to be a whole lot more expensive than the addon.

Specifically:
1. can the addon be plugged into a PC via USB and function?
2. can it be removed from the case and inserted into a PC to function (IDE or SATA interface?)

Even if you choose not to answer, no doubt people will attempt such things shortly after release and we'll find out anyway :)
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Amir, does the drive inside your 360 HD-DVD addon integrate the necessary AACS keys for itself or are those handled in the control chips outside the drive? (I think looking at my last few questions you get the point behind this one ;) )

What are your comments about this poll:

https://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=727508

There are much more HTPC/MCE users going to/"who would like to :rolleyes: " buy and use the 360 HD-DVD addon than xBox 360 owners... (note: this poll is NOT from the HTPC forum. Therefor I assume at least as many xbox 360 owners reading it or participating in it than HTPC users - just to point out the statistical value of the data...)

GREAT choice/decision about the King Kong bundle btw!

Thank you very much!
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Is HD-DVD getting more studio support? If so, which studio's have signed on or are planning on signing on? Sorry if it's been asked before but I don't care to read 87 pages about video codes.
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