Panasonic last week launched what it claims is the world's first DVD notebook PC.
The CF-63, which ships later this month, is equipped with MPEG-2 digital video decoding and supports more than two hours of playback with picture quality Panasonic describes as "superior to S-VHS".
According to Panasonic, the horizontal resolution of MPEG-2 is 500 lines, compared to VHS video at 240 and S-VHS at 400 lines.
Priced at #3,999, the CF-63 also features a 166MHz Intel Pentium processor with MMX, 32-bit PCI bus architecture, 32Mb EDO RAM (expandable to 96Mb) and a 13.3in TFT LCD screen.
For sound, the CF-63 incorporates the Yamaha OPL3 single chip Audio System 3 and four speakers, positioned behind and beneath the LCD screen.
The DVD drive also doubles as a 20x speed CD-ROM drive. It offers backward compatibility with existing software and data libraries, and officials from the company said it provides "a future proof solution ready for the emergence of software on DVD".
According to Panasonic, despite the fact that DVD began as a solution for the home entertainment industry, the corporate market can also benefit from its higher storage capacity (up to 17Gb on a single disk).
Richard Walters, product manager for notebooks at Panasonic, commented: "The DVD notebook has come as a response to customer demand. Many of our customers are having to swap between CDs when running applications or presentations and they need the massive storage capabilities a single DVD disc can give.
"We know there aren't many titles around at the moment, but customers can drive the growth by asking manufacturers to put software onto DVD disk."
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