"..For the digital content storage market, 4.7GB DVD-RAM was the belle of the ball, with all three RAM manufacturers-Panasonic, Toshiba, and Hitachi-all showing models that mirror DVD-5 capacity. Panasonic's drive is now promised for mid-2000 delivery. All the RAM vendors reported increasing interest in a "Super MultiRead" spec for drive vendors to support DVD-RAM as well as other flavors of DVD and CD. This would bode poorly for delayed-again DVD+RW.
If new 120mm DVD-ROM drives support DVD-RAM as well as the other formats, DVD+RW's unique compatibility edge will be lost. The question remains, however, whether this "Super MultiRead" concept can be implemented at a price the PC integration market will be willing to swallow.."