HD DVD Format Wins Key Nod From DVD Forum November 26, 2003 (12:30 p.m. EST) By Yoshiko Hara, EE Times TOKYO - An HD DVD format proposed by Toshiba Corp. and NEC Corp. as the next-generation DVD format was finally approved by the DVD Forum's steering committee during recent meetings in New York. The proposal includes both read-only and rewritable formats, but only the ROM format in its 0.9 version was approved by the committee during meetings last week by a vote of 8-6. The HD DVD format is a violet laser-based optical disk system with a capacity of 15-20 Gbyte per side using the same disk structure as current DVD disks. As the next-generation optical disk system using a violet laser, nine consumer electronics manufacturers, including Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., Sony Corp., Royal Philips Electronics and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., proposed the Blu-ray Disk format that lacks backward compatibility with current DVDs. The Blu-ray format was not proposed to the Forum as a candidate next-generation DVD format, but the two formats are vying to become the next-generation disk system. Ainda bem que ainda não comprei um gravador de DVDs, uma vez que este formato é backwards compatible!