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CD-ROM XACompact Disk Read-Only Memory/Extended Architecture
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Sony's new portable Multimedia CD-ROM Player (MMCD) integrates a CD-ROM XA drive, a DOS-compatible microprocessor, a 256-color LCD display panel, a speaker, a keyboard and a cursor pad in a two-pound package.
CD-ROM XA was announced last summer, and many demos and promises were made at the conference.
"There might seem to be a contradiction between CD-I and CD-ROM XA, but its not a contradiction," Doi insisted, "XA makes it easier to then go to CD-I.
Having examined CD-I we can address its cousin, CD-ROM XA. Some time prior to the fall of 1988, the lack of full-motion video capabilities in the original CD-ROM specification began to be viewed as a liability by its developers.
The soon-to-be parts include CD-I, CD-ROM XA, DV-I, recordable CDs and other formats, each with a new acronym to remember.