Following the 2007 release of the Crystalline for mastering
next generation formats such as Blu-ray Disc, Singulus
Mastering has qualified the DaTARIUS DaTABANK for BD
stamper and disc testing.
"Our high definition mastering supports both formats and is
even backwards compatible with DVD," says Rob Wouters,
Senior Process Engineer at Singulus Mastering, "and we were
looking for a complete QC solution that follows the same
philosophy. We spent a couple of months evaluating the
DaTABANK equipped with BD and HD DVD driveCubes. This
single platform integrates BD and HD DVD (also optionally DVD)
disc and stamper testing under the same user interface. Our key
CrystalLine customers, like LaserVideo in Russia, also rely on
the DaTABANK for their QC".
Singulus Mastering also uses the DaTARIUS CoverTest
technology for BD testing: at the CoverTest station, at the
press of a button, a protective foil is applied to the stamper
testing as well as protection during the stamper handling. This provides full conformance to replicas due to the non-air incident read configuration. Removing the CoverTest foil is as easy as applying it: the stamper is placed in the integrated UV unit and,
after a few seconds, the foil can be peeled off without leaving any residue. It also removes any contamination that may have been present on the stamper before CoverTest-ing it.
"The DaTABANK has AACS decoding as well as, optionally, ROMmark and DCA?s DiscTag reading. This matches perfectly to the Crystalline available configuration," says Wouters.
"By placing the tester at the Singulus Mastering headquarters
in Eindhoven, Netherlands, DaTARIUS was able to work closely with Singulus Mastering and respond to needed changes/adjustments to the system to meet the level needed for a
production stamper tester."