A week in tech

A round-up of all the latest tech news from the region.

Japan

Hardware

- Toshiba Corp. and disc manufacturer Memory-Tech Corp. have decided to freely publicize the technical specifications for manufacture of HD DVD optical discs. HD DVD is one of the two competing next-generation optical disc formats, the other being the Blu-ray format promoted by Sony Corp. and Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Memory-Tech operates a production line at its Tsukuba factory that writes software to HD DVD discs. The equipment can make double-layer discs that hold 30 GB at a rate of one disc every 3.5 seconds with a yield of better than 90%. The same equipment can be converted in less than 5 minutes for manufacture...

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