| Matsushita, Taiwan's ITRI to Cooperate on DVDs
June 10, 1998 (TOKYO) -- Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
and Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) said
they will cooperate on digital video discs (DVDs).
|Both will cooperate to make DVD standards. Matsushita will provide
its technologies for a DVD Format Verification Laboratory that ITRI
plans to establish to check if Taiwan's makers are manufacturing
DVDs that conform to the format.
Matsushita said it made the agreement after ITRI requested such
technical provisions. In Taiwan, many makers have started mass
production of DVD players and DVD-ROM drives for PCs. Taiwan still
relies on Japanese makers for the main and core parts for DVDs, but
their production volume is expected to increase on a large scale
from now on because the country is a world-class power base for
supplying parts for PCs.
Matsushita said it accepted the request because it thought it could
influence ITRI and expand related businesses through its
cooperation with the ITRI, which plays a leading role with
electronic makers in Taiwan.
The contents of the agreement are as follows:
(1) Both are members of the Steering Committee, a supreme executive
organ of the DVD Forum, and they shall cooperate to promote the
best standardization of a DVD format that can stand internationally
for a long time.
(2) Both shall cooperate to foster the market and a business for DVD
-related goods based on standards decided by the DVD Forum.
(3) Matsushita shall give technical assistance on the verification
of the DVD format to a laboratory for verifying the format. Taiwan
's Industrial Technology Research Institute plans to establish that
(BizTech Editorial Dept.)