NUON is not the name of a specific product but rather a chipset by VM Labs designed to enhance the capabilities of DVD Video players. First announced in 1998 as "Project X," the technology allows for smooth rewind and fast-forward, slow motion, 20X zoom, and the ability to play games. NUON-enhanced DVD movies also feature additional content viewable only with compatible players.
While the concept behind NUON was promising, the actual release suffered from unfortunate timing. When the 349-dollar Samsung Extiva DVD-N2000 was made available in mid 2000, it was already well-known that the PlayStation 2, a 299-dollar full-featured game system, would also play DVD movies. Not surprisingly, NUON failed in the marketplace, and VM Labs filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in December 2001. Only six games and three NUON-enhanced movies were ever released. The three DVD players compatible with NUON are the Samsung N2000, Samsung N501, and Toshiba SD2300. ~ Skyler Miller, All Game Guide