Toshiba has scored a coup in the digital video disc (DVD) arena with the announcement that a single DVD-enabling chip developed by the company's electronics components division will become more-or-less a standard for implementation of DVD in Microsoft Windows 98 systems.
In a joint statement, Toshiba and Microsoft said that the Toshiba Timpani-1 processor was used as a reference design in putting DVD capability into the Windows 98 operating system.
Windows 98 will include the class [device] drivers for the Toshiba product. Toshiba will sell its own board using this technology as well as making it an attractive product to DVD drive OEMs and system OEMs for incorporation into the next generation of desktops.
The chip includes MPEG-2 decoding, supports the PCI interface and industry standard copy protection for audio and video as well as DVD playback at 30 frames per second.