OSTA ANNOUNCES NEW LEADERSHIP FOR ITS FILE INTERCHANGE
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., September 7, 1999 The Optical
Storage Technology Association (OSTA) today announced that Hans Mons,
technology officer of Philips Electronics will serve as Chairman of its
File Interchange Committee. Mons succeeds Isaac van Kempen, vice president
of marketing for Divio Inc. and the committees founding chairman,
who recently retired from the association.
OSTAs File Interchange Committee is dedicated to promoting interoperability,
hardware independence and advanced data interchange in the rewritable
optical industry. The committee developed the acclaimed Universal Disk
Format (UDF), a file system specification adopted for use on CD-R, CD-RW,
DVD and other drives, that assures interchangeability of writable optical
media. OSTA developed UDF in response to an immense need in the optical
storage industry for a practical, fully compliant implementation subset
of the ISO 13346 standard.
"Both individuals have played pivotal roles in developing important
specifications to address the needs of todays writable optical storage
device manufacturers and their customers, as well as promoting the compatibility
and long-term viability of optical storage technologies," said Ray
Freeman, OSTA facilitator. "We are delighted to have Hans serve as
committee chairman and look forward to his continued contributions to
OSTA in his new role. We would also like to recognize Isaac for the tremendous
value his leadership of the File Interchange Committee brought to the
industry and to OSTA.
"I have worked with Hans for four years, and have great respect for
his accomplishments and dedication to OSTA and the storage industry,"
said van Kempen, former chairman of the committee. "Through his steadfast
commitment and leadership expertise, Hans will drive the File Interchange
Committee to the next level, ensuring continued widespread acceptance
and adoption of UDF."
Hans Mons, Philips Electronics
Since joining OSTA in 1994, Mons has been actively involved
in the associations growth and success. Mons contributed to the
development of MultiRead, an optical drive specification that enables
all classes of CD discs (CD-Audio, CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW) to be read on
current and future CD and DVD devices. Mons was also instrumental in the
development of the UDF specification. Through his continuous involvement
in the storage industry, Mons has been active in the development of the
CD Audio encoding and decoding system and the standardization functions
related to CD Audio, CD-ROM and CD-R.
As chairman of the File Interchange Committee, Mons plans to evaluate
industry feedback on UDF 1.5 and 2.0 to help guide the development of
release 2.01. He also plans to work on the compatibility between UDF implementations
in the UDF Compliance Subcommittee, and his ultimate goal is to make UDF
the file system of choice for digital recording on removable discs.
Mons joined Philips Electronics in 1970 and currently works in System
Standards and Licensing in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
Isaac van Kempen, Divio Inc.
Isaac van Kempen joined OSTA in 1992 and was the founding chairman of
the File Interchange Committee, where he was responsible for leading the
creation of the UDF specification. During his involvement with OSTA, van
Kempen played a pivotal role in promoting industry-wide acceptance of
UDF as the file system for DVD, CD-R and CD-RW. He has been awarded a
commemorative plaque of appreciation by Jerry Shea, chairman of the board
of directors of OSTA.
Van Kempen is currently serving as vice president of marketing for Divio
Inc. of Sunnyvale, Calif., a manufacturer of chip-based solutions that
enable the real-time input, capture, manipulation and exchange of digital
video data for PC and consumer applications.
The Optical Storage Technology Association (OSTA) was incorporated
as an international trade association in 1992 to promote the use of writable
optical technologies and products for storage of computer data. The organizations
membership includes optical product manufacturers and resellers from three
continents, representing more than 85 percent of worldwide writable optical
product shipments. They work to shape the future of the industry through
regular meetings of CD/DVD, file interchange, market development, magneto-optical
and planning committees. Interested companies worldwide are invited to join
the organization and participate in its programs by contacting an OSTA representative
at 805/963-3853 or by addressing its Web site at www.osta.org.
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