H3D II Card : ~US$900
HD Aux Card : ~US$300
HD Aux Card : ~US$300
|About the new card - there have been significant changes to the new|
1. The Fli2200 has been replaced by the Fli2300.
2. Horizontal and Vertical Chroma/Luma and Detail Enhancement
3. Noise Reduction Circuitry
4. TrueLife(TM) Processing (isolates skin tones and minimizes
processing to those areas)
5. Built in scaler/upconverter (the scaler is a 12-tap and is
superior to the 3-4 tap scalers on graphic cards)
6. On-board 10-bit DAC allows for direct output from the H3D-II card
via Component or RGB output - meaning you don't need an expensive
graphics card, nor do you need to send the data over the PCI bus as
it will go directly out of the Fli2300. (*requires the optional HD
7. Sub-pixel horizontal/vertical chroma delay
8. 24-bit input/output headers to accomodate a new daughter card
(HDTV Aux) that can accept HDTV via DVI/Analog, let the Fli2300
process/scale it, then back out of the HDTV Aux card via DVI/analog
(I've attached a picture of an optional DVI-RGB Y cable that would
allow use of both the analog and digital in/out of the two DVI-I
connectors on the HD Aux board)
9. Excellent frame rate conversion allows for 59.94/72/75, etc.
frames rates when using the HD Aux board.
As you can see the card offers a number of new features. The new
HDTV Aux card will be ready to ship with the H3D-II when it is
ready. However, it should be noted that the H3D-II can still be used
just as the old card is today and will not require the HDTV Aux card
unless the customer wants to scale HDTV or loopback the graphic card
vie DVI/RGB to be scaled or passed through.
Major Sellings Points
I would have to say the most significant upgrade to the H3D-II is
its ability to scale anything and to do so without a graphics card.
I cannot think of another card on the market quite like it. The
customer will be able to feed their graphic card into the HD Aux
board using DVI and also a MyHD card and a Sigma card all via ribbon
cables for a turn-key all digital-path HTPC.
A sample configuration might be something like this:
GPU loopback - Radeon card fed DVI out and into the HD Aux DVI input
(can be jumpered to be an A/B switch or to be scaled by Fli2300). If
configured to allow the Fli2300 to scale then the Fli2300 can also
be used for luma/chroma/detail enhancement. If configured to be A/B
switch then the DVI or RGB signal from Radeon would be switched
through seemlessly. This may be useful for customers wanting to use
software DVD players and further processing its output with teh
HDTV Input - into the HD Aux card from component Dish 6000 or RGB
into our card from RCA DTC100. Either in which can be scaled by the
Fli2300 and the user can apply further picture enhancements as
needed. The major draw here is that the user can conceiveably have a
single DVI run to their display from our card. They can also input
analog HDTV and have it sent through the Fli2300 and then back out
MyHD 100 - card fed via RGB/Component output and looped-back into
the HD Aux board will allow scaling by the Fli2300 and the user can
apply enhancements and do frame rat conversions as needed.
Sigma XCard - fed via bt656 ribbon cable into the H3D-II card
whereby the Fli2300 will deinterlace it and then scaled the Fli2300
and the user can apply luma/chroma/detail enhancement/noise
reduction as needed.
DVI Output via HD Aux board using the Fli2300's 12-tap scaling
RGB or Component Output - via HD Aux board using on-board DAC and 12-
tap scaling engine on Fli2300
Lip Sync and Green Tint
While this still seems to be limited to a small percentage of
customers, these are now non-issues on the new card if the customer
uses the HD Aux in/out board. This is because the on-board DAC or
direct digital DVI path will not use the PCI bus and DirectX isn't
involved at all to muck things up.