May 31 (Reuters) - Sony Corp said on Monday it would begin marketing digital video disk
re-writable (DVD-RW) drives for personal computers in the United States this autumn.
The new drive allows PC users to read and write in DVD-RW disks
with a data storage capacity of 3.0 gigabytes.
Sony plans to manufacture 10,000 to 20,000 units of the
drives per month at a domestic plant ahead of the scheduled U.S. launch in the second half
of 1999, a company spokesman said.
The company has not yet set a date for the introduction of
the drives in Japan, he said.
DVD-RW is based on the CD-ReWritable technology.
Sony and Philips Electronics NV have been working to
promote DVD-RW as an alternative to the DVD-RAM (random access memory) format promoted by
Matsushita Electric Industrial Co Ltd and Toshiba Corp.