FVD players to be PC friendly

Jimmy Hsu, Taipei; Adam Hwang, DIGITIMES Asia

Taiwan’s Opto-Electronics Systems & Laboratories (OES) of the government-sponsored Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) recently extended its FVD (forward versatile disc) technology by introducing features that allow FVD players to be used more easily with PCs.

The new OES developed platform includes networking support for connecting a FVD player to a PC, as well as a PC-based utility for managing file transfers between the two devices, OES stated in a press release. OES is also developing PC-based FVD playback software and advanced encryption for content protection.

OES plans to begin marketing the networking and PC playback software next quarter, according to OES deputy director Der-ray Huang.

OES aims to ship 20 million FVD players by 2007, Huang indicated.