Electric recently demonstrated a Macintosh-compatible DVD-RAM drive, and will soon begin shipping the high-capacity, re-recordable drive by mid-year.
Matsushita demonstrated its DVD-RAM drive at the Tokyo MacWorld Expo this week, according to a report in the online version of Nikkei Business Publications. Shipments will begin in mid-1998, the report said.
DVD-RAM (digital versatile disc-random access memory) allows consumers to play and record data on a disc, unlike DVD-ROM, which only allows users to play back data. Currently, DVD-RAM drives hold 2.6GB per side, much less data than the non-recordable DVD-ROM drives, which can store up to 4.7 GB of multimedia content per side.