/>
X
Innovation

DVD grows up - Panasonic high capacity DVD-RAM

The first high capacity DVD-RAM drives are nearly complete according to electronics leader, Panasonic.
Written by Jane Wakefield, Contributor on

The company says the first rewritable DVD-RAM drive, capable of writing to and reading from high capacity disks -- 9.4Gb compared with today's 5.4Gb -- will be available early next year. For the consumer, watching and recording films and other multimedia applications onto one of these disks could be a reality by spring.

Initially the Panasonic drive will be available only to manufacturers but a retail package -- not cheap at around £400 -- will be available from April.

Panasonic's marketing manager John Newman promised a DVD set-top box of similar capacity by the middle of 2000. It is expected to retail at around £600.

Hitachi, Toshiba and other members of the DVD Forum are expected to make similar announcements in coming months.

Editorial standards

Related

Watch out for this triple-pronged PayPal phishing and fraud scam
phishing.jpg

Watch out for this triple-pronged PayPal phishing and fraud scam

We will see a completely new type of computer, says AI pioneer Geoff Hinton
artificial-intelligence

We will see a completely new type of computer, says AI pioneer Geoff Hinton

The 16 best Cyber Monday deals under $30 still available
Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K

The 16 best Cyber Monday deals under $30 still available