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Appeared on: Thursday, March 29, 2001
Spec to add digital output capability to DVD products

"...The DVD Forum is putting the finishing touches on specs that will let DVD products output digital signals. Guidelines for a 1394 interface implementation that directly links DVD players to output appliances such as digital TV sets and digital audio amplifiers are close to being finalized, a forum official said.

DVD players handle digital signals, but their output is now restricted to analog only. "The principal mission is to create a 1394 recommendation for playback-only DVDs," said Hideki Mimura, group manager at Toshiba Corp.'s data-storage development center, and chairman of a DVD Forum DVD-Video working group that is crafting the 1394 interface guideline, in tandem with a DVD-Audio working group.

"After we finish this step for playback-only DVD, the next step is discussions for recordable DVD," Mimura said. The forum has proposed DVD-specific commands and expansions for addition to the IEEE-1394 standard. Some of these additional specs have already been folded into the standard, and some are under voting at the 1394TA group, which oversees the overall 1394 standard..."



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