HP, Mitsubishi Chemical/Verbatim, Philips, Ricoh, Sony, Thomson and Yamaha -- seven members of the DVD+RW Alliance- announced the launch of several new consumer electronics and personal computing products supporting the DVD+RW standard. The Alliance made the announcement during an event at IFA 2001 where show attendees were allowed to test new DVD+RW products for the first time.
- Philips announced plans for a September shipping of DVD+RW 4.7GB discs and its DVDR1000 DVD+RW video recorder. In October, the company will ship its DVDRW208 DVD+RW PC drive, a combination drive that allows customers to write custom CDs and DVDs.
- HP has launched the PC-based HP DVD-Writer dvd100i and 4.7 GB DVD+RW discs for data and video storage. This drive is expected to be available in retail stores worldwide in the next four to six weeks.
- At the end of September, Ricoh will begin shipping the Ricoh MP5120A PC drive, which has DVD+RW and CD-R/CD-RW writing capability. Also in September, Ricoh will begin shipping its 4.7GB DVD+RW discs for data and video storage.
- Verbatim Corporation will ship 4.7GB DVD+RW and DVD+R discs for the PC and consumer electronics markets.
- Sony Corporation, also showing its support for the DVD+RW format, is preparing to introduce a DVD+RW drive for PCs and DVD+RW discs optimized for both PC and video applications.
- Thomson announced that it will release a DVD+RW recorder in 2002.
- Yamaha Corporation announced that it will release a DVD+RW recorder in 2002.
Gartner Group/Dataquest analysts predict the rewritable DVD market will reach approximately 2.1 million units in 2002 and grow to about 14.5 million units by 2005.