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Thursday, February 19, 2004
Philips, MediaTek to offer dual-layer DVD+R chipsets in 2Q

Philips Semiconductors and MediaTek expect to begin offering recording kit solutions for dual-layer recording on DVD+R in the second quarter of this year, according to

Philips expects to begin offering downloadable firmware that supports dual-layer DVD+R technology to system makers in the second quarter, according to Philips sources.

System makers can download the firmware to upgrade existing DVD+RW chips from supporting 4.7GB to 8.5GB. BenQ has already committed to the technology for 8x DVD systems.

According to Philips statements, the DVD9 discs will be fully compatible with current DVD players.

On the other hand, MediaTek is offering a new chip supporting dual-layer DVD+R to its system customers. Lite-On IT expects to begin mass production of recorders that support the technology in the second quarter.

Philips Research co-developed dual-layer DVD+R technology with Japan’s Mitsubishi Kagaku Media (MKM).

On the other hand, Pioneer's reaction includes a possible demonsrtation of its DVD9 proposal in CeBIT 2004, Hanover.

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