ATI Technologies, Inc.
today announced the “Entertain Your Mac” Combo, a combination of two existing Macintosh products developed to bring graphics and video to the Mac desktop. The “Entertain Your Mac” Combo includes the Radeon 7000 Mac Edition video card with the XClaim TV USB Edition, an external TV tuner that connects through the Universal Serial Bus (USB) interface.
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The Radeon 7000 Mac Edition graphics card is a new mainstream graphics card which features dual display support. ATI has positioned the Radeon 7000 Mac Edition as a new entry-level PCI-based graphics card for older Power Mac owners to add new video output capabilities to their Mac, or for AGP-based Power Mac owners to add additional video card support without replacing their existing AGP-based graphics card.
The card features analog output through either VGA or TV out and also sports and DVI-I interface to hook up a third party (or older Apple) digital flat-panel display. The digital interface and one of the analog interfaces can be used at the same time, enabling users to have two displays hooked simultaneously to the single card.
Meanwhile, the XClaim TV USB Edition is a peripheral that enables Mac users to input video from an external source. You can hook up a cable TV signal or an external video signal and then import the stream through USB. Channel Preview, Hot Word searching (which works via closed captioning), Parental Control and more is supported.
ATI’s “Entertain Your Mac” Combo is available for US$199, and has been released for a limited time only. It begins shipping to distributors and retailers today, and ATI expects the package to hit store shelves sometime next week.
Please note that the XClaim TV USB Edition includes drivers for Mac OS 9 only; no OS X drivers have been yet released. The Radeon 7000 Mac Edition card does work with Mac OS 9x, as well as Mac OS X 10.1 or later.