New Subcommittee Formed Primary Charter is to Develop a Specification Enabling Read Compatibility among Multiple Writable DVD Formats
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., January 11, 1999 -- In response to the ongoing debate over disparate writable DVD standards, the Optical Storage Technology Association (OSTA) today announced the formation of a new writable DVD subcommittee. The initial goal of this subcommittee is to develop and deploy a new specification that will enable conforming CD and DVD optical drives to read specified writable DVD media, including media from competing industry formats.
Consistent with OSTAs mission to assure broad interchangeability of recorded media for the user, the new writable DVD compatibility specification will allow optical drive manufacturers to produce drives capable of reading all types of CD media (CD-Audio, CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW), DVD-ROM and DVD-R media, and media from the first two announced rewritable DVD formats (DVD-RAM and DVD+RW). This initiative builds upon OSTAs pioneering efforts in developing the popular MultiRead specification, which was created to ensure compatibility among all classes of CD discs and CD/DVD devices.
To date, 35 individuals from 29 participating optical technology companies have signed up to participate in the new subcommittee, which includes essentially all of the major proponents of DVD-RAM and DVD+RW technologies, major media manufacturers and system integrators. Felix Nemirovsky, vice president of Plextor Corp., has been named chairman of the new subcommittee. Mr. Nemirovsky is uniquely qualified for this position, combining extensive industry experience and technical leadership, with unquestioned neutrality in the DVD standards issue.
"There is little doubt that writable DVD has the potential to become a premier storage technology due to its flexibility, high-capacity, media longevity, and expected compatibility with a large installed base of CD and DVD discs," said Felix Nemirovsky, chairman of OSTAs Writable DVD Subcommittee. "However, the battle for supremacy in the writable DVD standards game has inhibited market growth for drives that read DVD discs, because some consumers are afraid of backing the wrong horse. The availability of a specification ensuring that consumers are protected from compatibility issues could be critical for DVD to reach its ultimate potential, and we are flattered to be asked to lead this effort."
In addition to the creation of a writable DVD compatibility specification for readers, other objectives set for the DVD subcommittee include:
"OSTAs objective in forming this subcommittee is to protect the consumers investment in hardware and recorded discs without limiting the technological innovation the optical storage industry is known for," said Ray Freeman, OSTA facilitator. "This endeavor underscores OSTAs commitment to give priority to consumers needs. Having assembled all of the key players under the respected leadership of Felix Nemirovsky, and given OSTAs proven successes with MultiRead and other initiatives, we anticipate achieving industry consensus."
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