InterVideo has announced that WinDVD and DVD XPack now support NVIDIA's PureVideo technology. With PureVideo, the decoding tasks are divided between the GPU and CPU, offering ultra-smooth video with minimized CPU usage.
InterVideo, Inc. (NASDAQ:IVII - News) announced today that its new WinDVD and DVD XPack supports the revolutionary NVIDIA PureVideo(TM) technology. Delivering superior clarity and picture quality, XPack enables DVD playback using Windows Media Player on Windows XP.

"With NVIDIA's unrivaled high-definition support, we're delighted to offer the ultimate DVD playback solution," said Steve Ro, CEO and President of InterVideo. "People can now install and enjoy the same DVD decoding engine as used by the over 125 million users of WinDVD -- the world's number one DVD player software."
If you'd like to read more, InterVideo's entire press release can be found here. Add a comment
CyberLink has announced the retail release of their new Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD burning application, Power2Go 5.5 Next-Gen Edition. Here's part of their press release:
CyberLink Corp. (5203.TW), a world leader in digital home solutions, today strengthened its credentials in the field of burning of Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD disc media with the online retail release of CyberLink Power2Go 5.5 Next-Gen Edition. The new release delivers an extremely versatile burning solution for data, videos, photos, and music by offering an application that supports all disc formats.

Next-generation disc support provides a major leap in the capacity to store personal data, with 15 GB for single-layer HD DVDs and 25 GB for single-layer Blu-ray Discs. Power2Go 5.5 offers total flexibility for burning discs, with support for today's complete range of disc formats: CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD-RAM, double-layer DVD-R and DVD+R, BD-R, BD-RE, HD DVD-RAM, and HD DVD-R.
Power2Go 5.5 Next-Gen Edition is available now for US$39.95 and can be purchased from CyberLink's online store. More information can be found here. Add a comment
TMPG, Inc. sent out a press release this afternoon, announcing MPEG Editor 2.0. This new version of their video editing software includes a number of advanced features as well as a wizard-like interface.
TMPG, Inc. (, the company that makes digital video easy, is about to make it even easier. The newest addition to its TMPGEnc product line, MPEG Editor 2.0, is a video editing software package that offers a variety of advanced features, along with a wizard-like interface, which combine to make digital editing faster and easier than ever before. The product will be available for download on the company's website beginning May 10, 2006, with an MSRP of $59.95.

"Digital and high-definition recording is quickly becoming more and more prevalent in American households," commented TMPG CEO Kimi Matsuki, in announcing the new product's availability. "Our TMPGEnc MPEG Editor 2 software provides users with an array of easy-to-use features that make editing any MPEG-2 or MPEG-1 file unbelievably fast, abundantly easy, and incredibly precise. It is the next logical step in the evolution of our MPEG editing software."

The software allows anyone with a DVD recorder to import footage directly from their DVD recorder into TMPGEnc MPEG Editor 2.0, where annoying commercials and unwanted scenes can be edited out and the file played back on a DVD Recorder, since MPEG Editor 2.0 processes the video with practically no re-encoding. Likewise, the software can edit high-definition content, giving users a product that helps maintain HD's razor-sharp picture from start to finish with no compromise in quality.
MPEG Editor 2.0 will be available for purchase through TMPGEnc's website on May 10th for $59.99. More information can be found here. Add a comment
The results are in and our readers have chosen the BenQ DW1655 as the top DVD writer for the month of April. Here are the top five drives:
  1. 1. BenQ DW1650/1655
  2. 2. BenQ DW1640
  3. 3. Plextor PX-716A
  4. 4. LG GSA-4167B
  5. 5. NEC ND-4550A/4551A
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Imation has announced that it has completed the $329 million acquisition of Memorex. Depending upon Memorex's financial performance, Imation will pay another $5-$45 million over the next three years.
Imation Corp (NYSE: IMN) today announced that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Memorex in an all cash transaction, from Hanny Holdings of Hong Kong and other shareholders of Memorex. Actual purchase price was $329 million, after net asset adjustments were made to the original purchase price of $330 million. Additional cash consideration ranging between $5 million and $45 million will be paid out over a period of up to three years after close, contingent on financial performance of the purchased business. In addition, customary closing costs and advisory fees of approximately $5 million have been incurred.

"This acquisition is a major strategic milestone for Imation, as we implement our profitable growth strategy," said Bruce Henderson, Imation Chairman and CEO. "We are adding a powerful consumer brand and the U.S. market share leader in recordable CDs and DVDs, as well as an experienced retail team. With Imation's deep technology expertise, strong business-to-business brand, global footprint, broad product portfolio and industry experience, we are creating a new global powerhouse in the data storage industry. Over the past three months, we have completed detailed integration planning and look forward to a rapid transition to the combined company."
According to the press release, Memorex will continue to do business as usual. However, they will now be a division of Imation. If you'd like to read more, Imation's entire press release can be found here. Add a comment
With the PS3 featuring expensive technologies like the cell processor and Blu-ray, Sony is expected to lose money on each console sold. How much exactly? According to an article at BusinessWeek, the company's game devision is expected to lose almost $872 million this fiscal year alone.
The results for Sony's game division during the current fiscal year will not be good however, as the company ramps up investments for the PlayStation 3, which launches worldwide this November. Sony expects the segment to hemorrhage 100 billion yen ($871.6 million) in operating losses during the business year as it prepares the PS3 for launch.

That said, in the future Sony believes it can cut down on PS3 related costs quite a bit. "We believe that we can lower costs dramatically (on the PS3) through chip shrinkage and by cutting the number of parts but there is no way to avoid high costs in the first year," Sony Senior Vice President Takao Yuhara told a Tokyo news conference, according to Reuters.
Knowing Sony, the company won't have any problem making this money back, especially if the PS3 is as popular as their previous consoles. If you'd like to read more, the entire article can be found here. Add a comment
The Japanese website, Tech-On!, has reported that TDK is developing 200GB Blu-ray disc media. According to the article, these 200GB discs contain six layers, with each layer capable of storing 33GB.
TDK Corp. has prototyped a recordable Blu-ray Disc medium with its capacity increased to 200 GB by stacking six recording layers. The new medium boasts the capacity approximately eight times that of the existing single-layer Blu-ray Disc medium.

TDK prototyped a 100 GB recordable medium having four 25 GB recording layers stacked on one another in 2003. This time, the company employed a different signal processing scheme to increase the capacity per layer to 33.3 GB, while increasing the number of the recording layers to six through the adoption of a novel recording material.
I have to give TDK credit. They're really pushing the limits of Blu-ray technology. If you'd like to read more, the entire article can be found here. Add a comment
Moser Baer released its fourth quarter and fiscal year results yesterday. As part of their yearly report, the company has announced plans to expand production and launch a series of next generation formats.
The race is on to successfully develop and commercialize the next generation format in the industry, namely the Blue Disk (BD) or the HDDVD. An early mover advantage in the next generation formats is a critical success factor as CDR/RW segment starts to mature.

Over the past three years, the company has invested significantly in its R&D programs targeted at developing the next generation formats in optical media space by leveraging its core skills in base material engineering, thin film coating, precision sputtering and deep UV mastering technologies. Starting from 1QFY07, the company plans to launch a series of next generation formats, in conjugation with drive and recorder availability, and expects to be first to market in a majority of these formats. The four products which we believe will have a significant market potential in the future are DVDR Dual Layer, HDDVD-R (recordable) and RE (re-writable), HDDVD Dual layer, and BD-R and RE.
Moser Baer is also collaborating with other companies to develop Holographic discs with capacities up to 200GB and beyond. If you'd like to read more, their entire press release can be found here. Add a comment
A U.S. company called Blue Ray Technologies has announced that they're patenting a new process to manufacture Blu-ray discs. According to their press release, this new process reduces the reject rate, making Blu-ray discs more affordable.
U.S. high-definition DVD disc company Blue Ray Technologies announces it has solved the production problems reportedly hampering the major overseas plants to make the imminent release of HD movies on Blu-ray discs both affordable and locally-made.

In a David vs. Goliath situation, independent Blue Ray Technologies is in the final patent stages for key manufacturing processes related to the layering process of Hi-def Blu-ray movies and games that may be hampering the majors. The company is thereby lowering its prices for studios that want their movies made with the indie firm.

"We are finalizing the patents that will revolutionize the manufacturing process," said company CEO and founder Erick Hansen. "We are hopefully going to beat the big companies in the world. That's because they presently have such a high reject rate. It is said to be as high as 75 percent rejects while ours are lower than 20 percent."
This is good news for the Blu-ray camp as high disc production costs have dogged the format since day one. If you'd like to read more, the entire press release can be found here. Add a comment
DigiTimes has reported that Lite-On will start shipping FVD (forward versatile disc) drives to an unnamed US based distributor in June.
Lite-On IT has landed PC-use FVD (forward versatile disc) orders from a leading US-based distributor with shipment slated to start in June, said Derray Huang, deputy general director of the Opto-electronics and Systems Laboratories (OES) at the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI).

FVD is a red-laser high-definition DVD format developed by Taiwan as an alternative to blue laser HD DVD and Blu-ray disc (BD) high-definition DVD formats.
It will be interesting to see if FVD can compete with HD DVD and Blu-ray. Considering how expensive these technologies are, I would not be surprised if FVD was able to grab a small market share. If you'd like to read more, head on over to DigiTimes. Add a comment