The RW Products Promotion Initiative and the Recordable DVD Council have
been jointly carrying out compatibility tests for recordable DVD products including
4X speed DVD-R, 2X speed DVD-RW and 3X speed DVD-RAM. The tests have been carried
out since September 2003, and results are scheduled to be announced March 2004.
These compatibility tests, in which almost all the major manufacturers in the world
involved in recordable DVD products (hardware, DVD disc making, PC application
software and others) are participating, is expected to positively contribute to the
future development of the entire DVD market by enhancing recording and playback
compatibility among the products they make.
The compatibility tests have been conducted with the participation of member
companies from both the RWPPI Round Robin Test and the RDVDC Compatibility Working
Group. The factors to be tested and the schedule for the testing are discussed and
implemented through general meetings and individual meetings.
Recording and playback compatibility tests, including the examination of evaluation
methods, evaluation of physical characteristics and logical characteristics, and
confirmation of playback compatibility, have been carried out for all combinations
of products of every participating manufacturer.
The RWPPI and RDVDC plan to continue with these joint compatibility tests and
improve compatibility of even higher speed media of the DVD-R, DVD-RW, and DVD-RAM
recordable DVD formats that are anticipated in the future.