Vendors inch closer to agreement on common standards for rewritable DVDs

Competing specifications for rewritable digital video disks could converge soon if
drive makers adopt a new interoperability standard that the Optical Storage Technology
Association has pledged to develop.

OSTA of Santa Barbara, Calif., intervened after the DVD Forum, an industry group,
failed to reach consensus on a standard rewritable format. “OSTA is trying to be the
white horse,” Ray Freeman of OSTA said. OSTA’s 1997 MultiRead specification and
logo, which nearly all CD-ROM drive makers have adopted, closed a similar incompatibility
gap between different vendors’ CD disks and devices, he said.

Vendors who back the opposing DVD-RAM and DVD-RW optical storage standards will meet
this week to begin hammering out an interoperability spec, Freeman said, and the first
compliant rewritable DVD drives could be on the market next year.  

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