Philips and Sony, the two major forces in the compact disc industry, have announced that they will soon issue a "Green Book" setting forth what will almost certainly bc the de facto standard for consumer CD-ROM systems. The two companies have previously set the de facto standards for optically recording sound on compact discs (the "Red Book") and physically recording data on compact discs called CD-ROM (the "Yellow Book").
CD Interactive (CD-I) is intended to be a special application of CD-ROM for home and educational use. Its major characteristics will be low cost components, the availability of integrated off-the-shelf systems, and multimedia capability: audio, video, and data. The "Green Book" will provide ways of representing these forms of information on the CD-ROM. It will, therefore, augment the "Red Book" and "Yellow Book" rather than displacing them.
Among the specific CD-I applications Philips and Sony plan to promote are electronic dictionaries and encyclopedias, videos, and games. The "Green Book" is expected to be available by late Summer 1986.
[Contact: Philips Subsystems and Peripherals Inc., 100 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017, (212) 850-5125.]