Two major Japanese manufacturers are vying with each to other to deliver DVD (digital video disk) devices in time for early spring.
Toshiba said it will introduce what it claims to be the first PC implementation of a DVD drive and, at the same time, Sony announced plans for its own families of DVD products, likely to be in the retail and reseller channels by March.
The Toshiba Infinia DVD PC 7220 will come with an integrated DVD drive, a 200MHz Intel MMX chip, 32Mbytes of standard memory, a 3.73Gbytes hard drive, Mpeg-2 video decompression software, a graphics coprocessor with 2Mbytes of video memory, a 33.6 modem and two universal serial bus (USB) ports.
Sony?s offerings are not confined to the PC arena but make the cross into home entertainment systems. It will release its drives to OEMs for sampling at the end of this month and, it claimed, will introduce hardware with software in early April.
The company is hoping to push its own case by introducing a reference standard DVD video player and DVD-Rom drive. It estimates the US market will buy half a million players this year, rising to 10 million worldwide by 2000.
Most analysts believe that DVD drives will eventually supplant video recorders in the home but prices for units are expected to start high, before the economies of scale make them ubiquitous in both the entertainment and home markets.
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