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Archive of posts tagged Optical Storage Technology Association (OSTA)

Rescuing the Golden Goose

The immediate question is, will Blu-ray Disc (BD) recorders, drives, and players read and write all types of CDs and DVDs? Will they clear the fog of application formats and content-protection measures? In last month’s column, I chastised BD device manufacturers for ducking clear answers to these questions. And surveying the broader situation, we see [...]

In DVD’s Own Image: DVD-Recordable Technology and Promise

This article was the first serious public look at the technical aspects of and market potential for DVD-Recordable (DVD-R). Some thirteen years later, it’s gratifying to see that DVD-R became, and indeed still remains, a beloved and universal means for enjoying, distributing, storing and archiving just about everything digital.

OSTA Publishes Understanding Recordable and Rewritable DVD White Paper

The Optical Storage Technology Association (OSTA) announced it has published a new 49-page white paper entitled “Understanding Recordable and Rewritable DVD,” authored by Hugh Bennett.

Dual-Layer or Double Trouble?

After consumers have begun to make some sense out of writable DVD formats, along comes more confusion. Dual-layer recordable technology is promoted as a significant advance, but where does it fit in the real world?

OSTA Publishes Understanding CD-R and CD-RW White Paper

The Optical Storage Technology Association (OSTA) announced it has published a new 50-page white paper entitled “Understanding CD-R and CD-RW,” authored by Hugh Bennett.

Compressed Audio on Writable DVD – Why Not?

Playing compressed music recorded to recordable and rewritable DVD discs seems to me to be the most logical path forward for the consumer electronics industry.

OSTA Specifies MultiPlay

DVD devices of every description must read CD-R discs. It’s been more than five years since I first delivered that simple message. The consumer electronics industry, however, has yet to take it to heart.

MultiRead – The DVD Sequel

The Optical Storage Technology Association (OSTA) has undertaken a renewed effort to surpass its previous accomplishments in the hope of bringing some clarity to the DVD storage marketplace. I’m of course referring to the existing MultiRead specification for CD and OSTA’s desire to create a new MultiRead 2 specification designed to promote and facilitate compatibility [...]

OSTA Publishes Running Optimum Power Control White Paper

The Optical Storage Technology Association (OSTA) announced it has published a new technical white paper entitled “Running Optimum Power Control: Data Integrity in CD-Recording,” authored by Hugh Bennett.

The Time is Right for MultiWrite

Isn’t it odd that with all the talk about the importance of DVD drives being able to read CD-Recordable and CD-ReWritable discs, no one has stopped to consider the desirability of DVD devices also being able to write these formats?

DVD-ROM and CD-R: The Compatibility Question Answered

As the first generation of DVD-ROM drives ushered in a brand-new day in high-density optical media storage, the same drives seemed to spell doom for die-hard CD-R users, who harbored a well-founded fear that they might have to abandon their investments in CD-R hardware and media and migrate to the new technology.

Eastman Kodak Proposes New Hard Sector CD-DASD Format for Removable, Rewritable Storage

Developed by Kodak engineers in conjunction with Dennis Howe of the University of Arizona Optical Data Storage Center, the Compact Disc—Direct Access Storage Disc (CD-DASD) format is positioned by Kodak as the next logical and necessary step in the evolution of CD-Recordable and CD-Erasable (CD-E) technology. Eastman Kodak Proposes New Hard Sector CD-DASD Format for [...]

Philips Leads Proposal for Development of CD-Erasable

At the spring COMDEX conference in Atlanta, a group of ten major computer hardware and media manufacturers announced their intention to develop a new CD-Erasable (CD-E) format based on Phase Change technology.