HARDWARE COMPANY Galaxy has announced a KFA2 cable-free card with no display outputs.
In one of the most bizarre uses of wireless technology we've seen, KFA2 has released the KFA2 GTX 460 WHDI graphics card. The card achieves its wireless trick by using Amimon's Wireless Home Digital Interface (WDHI) technology that transmits over the 40MHz channel of the unlicensed 5GHz radio frequency.
The card has not one, two, or, three, four but five aerials that can cope with sending uncompressed 1080p video at 60Hz wirelessly. All you have to do is attach the boxed receiver to the back of any screen you want and the company reckons it is, "the most robust and highest quality HD wireless connection for in-room and multi-room applications."
The card has a 100 feet range and, thanks so many aerials, should be able to transmit through walls without losing the signal. The WHDI technology also supports Intel's High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection 2.0 so it can wirelessly play protected content like Blu-ray films
Aside from the bizarre use of wireless, everything else it standard stuff. Inside the card is Nvidia's DirectX 11-compatible Geforce GTX 460 with 1GB.
The wireless technology on the KFA2 is impressive stuff but we're left with a meandering sense of why. Wireless external peripherals with IR receivers make perfect sense. The less desktop cabling and clutter the better. Call us old fashioned, but aren't graphics card mostly internal? The only cable most need is a HDMI or DVI out. By making the card external, KFA2 is adding to the mess on your desktop.
The card isn't priced yet but will be out in the UK soon. µ