In response to growing industry support for the Blu-ray Disc standard, the 13 members of the Blu-ray Disc Founders have announced plans to create the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA). The new entity will establish format standards and promote and further develop business opportunities for Blu-ray Disc (BD), which is being touted as the next generation optical disc for storing high-definition movies, photos, and other digital content.
The BDA will invite more companies from a wider range of industries to have a role in the format creation, technology contribution, and working-level BDA operations.
The Blu-ray Disc founders -- made up of leading computer, consumer electronics, and storage media companies -- will be re-incorporated into the BDA and are currently developing the membership application processes and operating procedures. The BDA will be open to companies wishing to participate in the future development of BD and to help develop, promote, and establish the BD format as an industry standard for high-definition optical storage.
According to the BDA, the addition of new members is expected to foster greater competition in the development of new products, applications, and business opportunities within BD. Applications will be available in late summer, and the first official meeting of the new BDA is planned for this fall.
The Blu-ray Disc Founders was formed in May 2002. The original members include the following: Hitachi, Ltd., LG Electronics Inc., Panasonic (Matsushita Electric), Pioneer Corporation, Royal Philips Electronics, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Sharp Corporation, Sony Corporation, and Thomson.
The Blu-ray founders currently consist of 13 companies including the 9 original members and Dell Inc., Hewlett Packard Company, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, and TDK Corporation.
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