Since we have a semi-firm handle on High-Def Video, one might think that the same holds true for the development of HD Audio as well. Apparently, this may not be the case according to ExtremeTech. At this point it seems like the jury is still out as to where the whole HD Audio situation will end up. I believe it will eventually fall to Dolby to figure something out, but only time will tell I suppose.
When we looked at the first new Intel motherboard with HD Audio on it (formerly code-named Azalea), we came away somewhat impressed, though clearly the platform needed some work. After our walk of the show floor and a conversation with Intel officials, we have a brief update for you on where HD Audio is, and where it may be going.
Dolby Certification Program
At spring 2004 IDF, we reported on Dolby Laboratories’ new logo certification program for motherboard audio solutions. This three-tiered program has since been clarified, and now appears more focused on OEM system makers rather than motherboard makers. Dolby, however, has a program in place for motherboard makers as well, in which a “Designed for Dolby [logo]” will appear on the motherboard box. The “[logo]” portion of the certification is for one of three tiers Dolby has defined: Sound Room, Home Theater, or Master Studio.