OSAKA — Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. said Friday it will launch the world’s lightest portable DVD player on Sept. 1.

The machine also features a 9-inch liquid crystal display, the largest featured on a portable DVD player.

The Panasonic DVD-LA95 is the first portable DVD player that can read DVD-RAM discs.

It weighs 999 grams and includes a built-in rechargeable battery and television tuner.

It can play back a DVD-RAM disc created from either a personal computer or DVD-RAM recorder and can accommodate various types of digital entertainment software, including DVD-Video and compact discs.

Shipment for overseas markets is scheduled for the fall, Matsushita said in a release.

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