Matsushita is set to release new DVD drives for personal computers in
compliance with the Blu-ray format.
Matsushita will begin commercial production of the drives in fiscal 2006 and
may supply them to PC makers of the Blu-ray group such as Dell and
Matsushita has so far produced such drives only for display at trade fairs
and other reference purposes as talks have been under way to unify the
Blu-ray and HD-DVD formats so as to avoid confusion among users.
But as the two sides have remained wide apart, Toshiba plans to release a DVD
player of the format at the end of this year.
Sony, which leads the Blu-ray group along with Matsushita, plans to adopt the
DVD technology for its PlayStation 3 game console.
While Matsushita has already released home-use DVD players of the Blu-ray
format, it plans to put successor machines on the market in fiscal 2006.