CD & DVD Technology
Find out more about CD & DVD technologies
and formats for music, video, games and multimedia applications
The Compact Disc was launched in 1982 for high quality
digital audio and has become one of the most successful examples
of consumer electronics technology.
In 1984 the CD
Audio specification was extended to CD-ROM for
computer applications and was subsequently extended to other
formats all based on the audio compact disc format.
In 1996 a higher capacity optical disc became available
in Japan and was then launched in the USA in 1997 and Europe in
1998. DVD offers three
formats: DVD-Video for
high quality movies, DVD-ROM for
games and other computer applications and DVD-Audio for
high quality music.
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out more about these technologies and the various CD & DVD