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Sony bows DVD-RAM rival

TOKYO — Sony announced in May it had a high-capacity optical disc that would rival the digital videodisc random access memory (DVD-RAM) format, and on Wednesday the electronics giant said it has made the recorder.

Sony announced it had developed a high-capacity optical disc recorder that can store on a single side 12.2 gigabytes GB of data. The CD-sized disc can hold about five times the memory of the DVD-RAM format disc agreed upon by the 10 companies that developed DVD technology.

While DVD-RAM players are slated to hit the consumer market later this year, Sony’s high-capacity optical disc recorder will be on the market by the year 2000, according to Japanese media reports.

Sony says its optical disc provides greater storage and compatibility with DVD-ROM (read only memory) recorders than the current DVD-RAM format.

“Sony will proceed with efforts to establish a format for this (optical disc) technology,” the company said in a statement.

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