Hitachi plans to release a digital camcorder that will use DVD Ram instead of conventional videotape by next year, according to sources close to the company.
DVD Rams (digital versatile disk random access memory) can hold 5.2Gbytes or up to one hour of moving images on a double sided disk. A DVD Ram camcorder would put more weight behind the converging technologies as the disks can be edited using standard software applications, maintain analysts.
DVD Rom (read only memory) drives are becoming a standard feature in high end PCs.
A number of PC makers, including Toshiba, are now working on DVD Ram drives. The technology has received an extra boost because Microsoft decided to add support for DVD Ram into Windows 98.
Other industry heavyweights, including Sony, Philips and Hewlett-Packard, have been pushing a rival, incompatible technology called DVD RW (rewritable). Analysts believe the appearance of DVD Rom and DVD RW will do more to confuse consumers in the growing convergence battle among big names.
Hitachi said it does not comment on unannounced product.
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