Tuesday, February 8th 2011

Sapphire Launches XtendTV Graphics Card

Leading graphics card supplier, SAPPHIRE Technology has just launched a new TV tuner card with a difference - the SAPPHIRE HD 5570 XtendTV card. The SAPPHIRE HD 5570 XtendTV card is a single slot PCI-Express graphics card with 1GB of GDDR5 memory and HDMI and DVI outputs – and a built in programmable TV tuner. Connected to a standard TV antenna signal, it will receive and decode all of the local free to air TV and radio stations*. Just as with a regular TV tuner, the user can watch TV on the host PC using Media Center – record, save and playback programs at will.

But XtendTV does more. Installing the FlexiStream software on the PC in which the card is installed enables the PC as a streaming server and users can watch all of their home TV programmes anywhere in the world using the XtendTV client on a remote PC or laptop.

Based on FlexiTV and FlexiStream technologies from Mirics, the SAPPHIRE XtendTV solution uses the Accelerated Parallel Processing (stream processing) capability of the on-board HD 5570 graphics chip to decode the TV signals smoothly and to compress the stream for viewing over the internet.

No licence or IP issues
With SAPPHIRE Xtend TV you are watching programmes on your own PC – streamed to you over the internet on a one-to-one basis – so there are no blocks on the availability of programmes wherever you may be – and no additional licence required.

SAPPHIRE HD 5570
The HD 5570 is a member of the SAPPHIRE HD 5000 series which is supported by AMD's Catalyst DirectX 11 WHQL certified graphics driver. This generation of hardware delivers support for all of the key Microsoft DirectX 11 level features including DirectCompute 11 instructions, hardware Tessellation and multi-threaded communications with the system CPU. It also supports Accelerated Parallel Processing, accelerating supported applications such as video transcoding and rendering tasks by executing instructions on the GPU architecture rather than the system CPU.

Ideal for media applications, all members of the SAPPHIRE HD 5570 series have an on board hardware UVD (Unified Video Decoder) considerably reducing CPU load and delivering smooth decoding of Blu-ray and HD DVD content for both VC-1 and H.264 codecs, as well as Mpeg files. In the SAPPHIRE HD 5000 series the UVD has been enhanced to be able simultaneously to decode two 1080p HD video streams and to be able to display HD video in high quality with Windows Aero mode enabled. It supports HDMI 1.3a with Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio.
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14 Comments on Sapphire Launches XtendTV Graphics Card

#1
PHaS3
Usb?

I'm interested in what the mini-USB port may be for... Anyone have any idea?
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#2
_JP_
Call it what you want Sapphire, it's still an AIW card to me. Besides, AIW sounds cooler than XtendTV.
by: PHaS3
I'm interested in what the mini-USB port may be for... Anyone have any idea?
Remote-control, maybe.
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#3
PHaS3
by: _JP_
Call it what you want Sapphire, it's still an AIW card to me. Besides, AIW sounds cooler than XtendTV.

Remote-control, maybe.
AIW does sound better lol :)

Maybe for a remote control, but in that case why put the USB port on the card when pretty much most PC's will have a USB port free for it... Weird... I'm not convinced.

I must admit that I miss the old days of AIW cards... Like X1900 AIW. Not that I would ever use, say, a "6970 AIW" if it existed...
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btarunr
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by: _JP_
Call it what you want Sapphire, it's still an AIW card to me. Besides, AIW sounds cooler than XtendTV.

Remote-control, maybe.
AIW could never capture your favourite TV channel and stream it across the globe. That's why XtendTV (extend TV).
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#6
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
to bad its not on a better card 5770 would be kinda cool single slot and able to still play games reasonably
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#7
meleto
If u make crossfire with this video card, u will have Picture in picture for the TV :D
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#8
Grings
AIW also had VIVO (video in/video out), though thats not really necessary nowadays unless you want to backup old VHS tapes or have a pre-digital camcorder

This is a cool media centre card, though i'd really like to see one with a fanless heatsink (probably not hard to do, looking at that tiny hs)
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#9
[H]@RD5TUFF
I would be interested in it if it wasn't made by Sapphire
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#10
kenkickr
I'd be interested if it was low-profile.
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#11
u2konline
a 5570 low profile 1gb gddr5 card?
interesting. what is the specs and bandwidth on it?
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#12
Regman12
by: PHaS3
I'm interested in what the mini-USB port may be for... Anyone have any idea?
Mp3 connector/ charger,. my earbud for my cell phone has that type of connector.
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#13
TurdFergasun
why no atsc? atsc broadcasts are available around most major north american cities, i don't know about other parts of the world, but the PQ is well above the HD you have to pay for, flat panel tv's have had them built in for years now.
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#14
techie81
Interesting, I want to see some reviews for this one.
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