Date: May 27th, 2005
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner & Head Editor)
Product was donated by: ATI <--SHOP FOR AN ATI TV WONDER USB 2.0 HERE
ATI CORPORATE PROFILE
ATI Technologies Inc. is a world leader in the design and manufacture of innovative 3D graphics and digital media silicon solutions. An industry pioneer since 1985, ATI is the world's foremost visual processor unit (VPU) provider and is dedicated to deliver leading-edge performance solutions for the full range of PC and Mac desktop and notebook platforms, workstation, set-top and digital television, game console and handheld markets. With 2001 revenues in excess of US $1 billion, ATI has more than 1,900 employees in the Americas, Europe and Asia. ATI common shares trade on NASDAQ (ATYT) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (ATY).
Like it or lump it, TV is still one of the major sources of news and entertainment with the internet starting to make some impressive gains in the past two or three years. What most people still have not picked up on is that you can have both sources easily integrated into your desktop computer. ATI and other companies have had some decent TV cards on the market, but they were focused more on the full blown desktop computer. But what about the laptop computer?
With laptop computers not being the most expandable product on the market, they are limited to PCMIA cards or USB products which until the introduction of the USB 2.0 spec, were quite limited. Seeing that the USB 1.1 specification had a maximum bandwidth ceiling of 12MB/s, TV peripherals were heavily reliant on compression software to compress an image signal so it could operate within that constraint. This often lead to poor performance, high CPU usage and poor pixilated image quality. When USB 2.0 was released, that bandwidth ceiling shot up dramatically to 480Mb/s which opened up a lot of headroom and removed the need for compression software which lead to a much better picture and image.
So what does this all mean? Well, if you have a laptop computer and would like to incorporate a seamless TV peripheral with some additional useful features, you might want to keep on reading. One market I would deem this product perfect for is the university or college student. Why? With more and more post-secondary school student buying laptops over the less portable and clumsy desktop computer for their doom rooms, this product would allow them to not worry about lugging up a TV as well. Makes sense doesn't it. Mind you, anyone with a laptop would love this product if they would like to further enhance the multimedia capabilities of their laptops.
Stay tuned, I will show you how......
ATI TV WONDER USB 2.0 INFORMATION (From ATI)
The Highest Quality Digital TV With Digital Stereo For The PC
For cleaner, clearer uncompressed digital TV on your PC in digital stereo, the TV WONDER USB 2.0 excels.
Watch TV on your PC monitor on full screen or in a corner window when you are waiting for printing and downloading operations.
Surfing channels has never been easier. You can scan channels easily with the built-in 125-channel TV tuner featuring the user-friendly
GemstarGUIDE Plus+™ interactive TV guide and channel preview software that lets you see what's on at a glance.
USB 2.0 Power Transfers Superior Video Quality
The value packed TV WONDER USB 2.0 makes full use of today's advanced ATI Theater 200 technology and USB 2.0 bus standard to deliver exceptional TV and video quality to the PC at a very affordable price. The USB 2.0 standard is 40 times faster than its USB 1.1 predecessor, so it can transfer raw, uncompressed video directly to your computer. As a result of the TV WONDER USB 2.0 utilizing the ATI Theater 200 technology the dramatically improved video displayed with the TV WONDER USB 2.0 is exactly the signal you received without the compression distortion inherent in the old USB 1.1 products.