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DVD Forum Holds First General Meeting

5 December, 1997


The DVD Forum

Tokyo--The DVD Forum, the international organization that promotes voluntary formats for the DVD family of advanced optical discs, today held it's first general meeting in Tokyo. During the meeting, the Forum's new organizational structure, operating policy and plans for future activities were explained and agreed upon by the participants.

The main objective of the Forum is to develop DVD formats and promote broad acceptance of this next generation technology. So far, the Forum has established specifications for DVD-Video, DVD-ROM, DVD-RAM, and DVD-R formats. The Forum is now working on specifications for DVD-Audio and DVD for professional use. It will coordinate future activities to propose formats for additional applications to meet consumer requirements.

Originally established in 1995 as the DVD Consortium by the 10 companies that initially promoted DVD technology-Hitachi, Ltd., Matsushita Electronic Industrial Co., Ltd., Mitsubishi Electric Corp., Philips Electronics N.V., Pioneer Electronics Corp., Sony Corp., THOMSON multimedia, Time Warner Inc., Toshiba Corp. and Victor Company of Japan Ltd.-the DVD Forum has opened its membership to additional companies interested in developing and promoting DVD hardware and software products as well as user industries. Today, the Forum has 122 member companies, including electronics manufacturers, software firms, and media companies worldwide.

The General Meeting of the DVD Forum is responsible for policy and decision making, while a Steering Committee serves as an executive council for the Forum. The Technical Coordination Group coordinates the activities of Technical Working Groups developing enhanced specifications for each DVD disc format. The DVD Forum continues to welcome new members.

Member List

Adaptec Japan Ltd.(Japan)
AKAI ELECTRIC CO.,LTD.(Japan)
A Open Inc.(Taiwan)
Aplix Corporation(Japan)
Audio Development AB(Sweden)
Balzers Process Systems(Switerland)
C-Cube Microsystems,Inc.(U.S.A)
DAIKIN INDUSTRIES,LTD.(Japan)
Daewoo Electronics co.,Ltd.(Korea)
Digital Theater Systems(U.S.A)
Digital Video Express(Divx)(U.S.A)
Dolby Laboratories Inc.(U.S.A)
EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY(U.S.A)
EMI INTERNATIONAL(England)
FUJITSU LIMITED(Japan)
Hitachi,Ltd.(Japan)
INTEL Corporation(U.S.A)
KENWOOD CORPORATION(Japan)
LG Electronics Inc.(Korea)
LITE-ON TECHNOLOGY CO.(Taiwan)
LSI LOGIC K.K(Japan)
MATSUSITA ELECTRIC INDUSTRIAL CO.,LTD.(Japan)
Mediamatics Inc.(U.S.A)
Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation(Japan)
MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION (Japan)
Multi Media Masters & Machinary S.A.(Switzerland)
NEC Corporation(Japan)
NIMBUS CD INTERNATINAL,INC.(U.S.A)
NIMBUS Communications International Limited(England)
NIPPON COLUMBIA CO.,LTD.(Japan)
Opto-Electronics & Systems Lab.(Taiwan)
Philips Consumer Electronics B.V.(Netherlands)
PIONEER ELECTRONIC CORPORATION(Japan)
Quadrant International(U.S.A)
Ricoh Company,Ltd.(Japan)
RiTEK Corporation(Taiwan)
SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO.,LTD.(Korea)
SANYO Electronic CO.,LTD.(Japan)
SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION(Japan)
SHARP CORPORATION(Japan)
Sigma Designs,Inc.(U.S.A)
SONIC SOLUTIONS(U.S.A)
Sony Corporation(Japan)
SYMBIOS LOGIC,INC.(U.S.A)
TDK CORPORATION(Japan)
TEIJIN LIMITED(Japan)
THOMSON muitimedia(France)
TIME WARNER INC.(U.S.A)
TOSHIBA CORPORATION(Japan)
VICTOR COMPANY OF JAPAN,LTD.(Japan)
XIAMEN REPUBLIC ELECTRONIC Co.,LTD.(China)
YAMAHA CORPORATION(Japan)
Actima Technology Corporation(Taiwan)
ADI CORPORATION(Taiwan)
AISIN AW CO.,LTD(Japan)
AIWA CO.,LTD.(Japan)
ALPINE CORPORATION(Japan)
ALPS CO.,LTD.(Japan)
ASAHI CHEMICAL INDUSTRY CO.,LTD(Japan)
ASAHI KASEI MICROSYSTEMS CO.,LTD.(Japan)
ASUSTek Computer Inc.(Taiwan)
ATi Technologies Inc(Canada)
Aureal Semiconductor(U.S.A)
Bayes AG(Germany)
Behavior Tech Computer Corp.(Taiwan)
CD Associates,Inc.(U.S.A)
CHINON INDUSTRIES INC.(Japan)
Chips and Technologies,Inc.(U.S.A)
Cirrus Logic K.K.(Japan)
Clarion Co.,Ltd.(Japan)
Cyberdrive Technology Corporation(Taiwan)
Cyclonics,Inc.(U.S.A)
DAIICHI KASEI Co.,Ltd.(Japan)
DIGITAL VIDEO SYSTEMS INC.(U.S.A)
Disctronics Manufacturing(UK)LTD(England)
Dynaware Corporation(Japan)
Eastbase Electronics Ltd.(Hong Kong)
ECOM Inc.(Japan)
FUJIFILM MICRODEVICES CO.,LTD.(Japan)
Haitai Electronics Co.,Ltd.(Korea)
Hitachi Denshi,Ltd.(Japan)
Hyundai Electronics Industries Co.,Ltd(Korea)
IKEGAMI TSUSHINKI CO.,LTD.(Japan)
IMAGICA Corp.(Japan)
INTEC INC.(Japan)
KONICA CORPORATION(Japan)
LINN PRODUCTS LTD.(Scotland)
MEMORY-TECH CORPORATION(Japan)
Meridian Audio Limited(England)
MITSUI CHEMICALS,INC.(Japan)
MITSUMI ELECTRIC CO.,LTD.(Japan)
NEC Home Electronics,Ltd.(Japan)
NVIDIA Corporation(U.S.A)
Oak Technology,KK.(Japan)
OAK TECHNOLOGY,INC.,TAIWAN(Taiwan)
ODEUM Microsystems Inc.(U.S.A)
ODME International B.V.(Holland)
Onkyo Corporation(Japan)
ONO SOKKI CO.,LTD.(Japan)
OPTROM,Inc.(Japan)
ORION ELECTRIC CO.,LTD.(Japan)
PACIFIC MIRROR IMAGE(Australia)
PARALLEL TECHNOLOGY INC.(Japan)
PLANNET ASSOCIATE CO.,LTD(Japan)
PULSTEC INDUSTRIAL CO.,LTD.(Japan)
SAEHAN MEDIA CORPORATION(Korea)
SAMPO CORPORATION(Taiwan)
Sarnoff Corporation(U.S.A)
Shanghai Guang Dian(Group)Co.,Ltd(China)
Shen Fei Laser Optical Systems Co.Ltd.(China)
Shibasoku Co.,Ltd.(Japan)
Shinano Kenshi Co.,Ltd.(Japan)
Silicon Integrated Systems Corp.(Taiwan)
SKC Limited.(Korea)
SMC Multi-Media Products CO.,Ltd.(Hong Kong)
Stream Machine(U.S.A)
TEAC CORPORATION(Japan)
Toray Industries,Inc.(Japan)
TV INTERACTIVE CORPORATION(U.S.A)
Vereinigde Motor-Verlage GmbH Co.KG(Germany)
XEUS INC.(Japan)
YANION CO.,LTD.(Hong Kong)


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