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A line in the sand for graphics drivers

A line in the sand for graphics drivers

Posted Jul 5, 2010 16:20 UTC (Mon) by drag (subscriber, #31333)
In reply to: A line in the sand for graphics drivers by smurf
Parent article: A line in the sand for graphics drivers

> Hardware coupling is obviously not a problem in a smartphone (unlike HDMI).

I think that is a poor assumption to make. How many PowerVR video devices are used in set-top boxes, televisions, and other devices? I don't know the answer, but it's certainly a large number of devices.

Plus there are phones that do actually have HDMI output, many of those that do are Android devices.

Unfortunately there is plenty of DRM in cell-phone and ARM-style devices.

> encrypted / obfuscated

Yeah. DRM implies Obfuscation really only. Encryption is usually used as part of the process because it's very effective in terms of protection during transport, but it's useless as a mechanism on the actual end user's device itself. So DRM depends entirely on obfuscation to work properly.

DRM is much less of a issue now then it's been in the past, but the effects of it is going to linger on for some years.

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