The world will be inundated with digital video disc (DVD) drives and players this spring, judging from announcements coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
DVD is a new disc technology that looks like a CD-ROM, but can store up to 4.7GB of data, compared to a CD-ROM's limit of 640MB. A DVD-ROM drive also supports the MPEG2 video standard and can play high-resolution audio, which means a user can play up to 133 minutes of full-motion, high-quality video, such as movies.
The new Sony DVD-s7000 video player will debut in April at a cost of around $1,000, according to Sony officials. The player includes a 32-bit RISC processor and a 10-bit video D/A converter. The company will begin to ship a sample unit of its DVD-ROM drive to OEM PC manufacturers this month. A Sony DVD-ROM drive will be available this summer.
Zenith, with the DVD2000, and Akai, with its DV-P1000, are among the other vendors who will take advantage of the technological advances of DVD this spring by introducing players.
The DVD market got a boost earlier this week when Microsoft pledged to include DVD device drivers and application programming interfaces in future versions of its Windows 95 and Windows NT operating systems.
A recent study indicates that the market for DVD drives and players will generate $349 million in revenue for companies in 1997. By the year 2000, the market is expected to grow to $4.1 billion.