DVD Forum Proposes DVD-RAM Format Version 1.0 to the International Standardization Organization|
18 August, 1997
August 18, 1997--- The DVD Forum (comprising Hitachi, Matsushita, Mitsubishi, Victor Company of Japan, Pioneer, Sony, Toshiba, Philips, Thomson Multimedia, and Time Warner) today proposed the format of a DVD-RAM disc (rewritable DVD) which has a storage capacity of 2.6GB on a single side to the European Computer Manufacturers' Association (ECMA), an international standardization organization.
In line with this move, at the ECMA meeting to be held in Kobe from August 20, the DVD Forum will demonstrate the compatibility between the various DVD disc formats, using drives manufactured by the members of the Forum. Also, the DVD Forum will vigorously propose the DVD-RAM format to other international standardization organizations.
The DVD-RAM format version 1.0 was agreed by the ten companies in the DVD Forum at the end of July, and the Forum started issuing the Format Book earlier this month.
Following the announcement of the format version 0.9 in April, the DVD-RAM working group evaluated the compatibility of the DVD-RAM disc with other DVD disc formats. More than 20 personal computer and media manufacturers from around the world took part in this evaluation. As a result, compatibility with other DVD disc formats, reliability and expandability for the next generation were verified. Accordingly, the DVD Forum reached an agreement on the final format version 1.0.
In finalizing the format, the Forum sought to satisfy,
as much as possible,
the desires of computer manufacturers and a wide range of
other users as well as numerous media manufacturers and drive manufacturers,
and to ensure expandability to the next-generation 4.7GB discs.
The DVD-RAM format has superior expandability, economy,
reliability and compatibility as follows:
Establishment of the DVD-RAM disc format clears the way for commercialization not only of DVD-RAM drives, but also of DVD-ROM drives which can play back DVD-RAM discs.
The main features of the DVD-RAM format are as follows:
Hitachi, Ltd., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., Mitsubishi Electric Corp., Victor Company of Japan, Pioneer Electronics Corp., Sony Corp., Toshiba Corp., Philips Electronics N.V., THOMSON Multimedia, and Time Warner, Inc.
For further information, please contact DVD Forum: +81-3-5444-9580
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