Verbatim Americas, LLC joined its parent company, Mitsubishi
Kagaku Media (Verbatim/MKM) announced that the first shipments of
its new 60GB UDO2 (Ultra Density Optical) Write-once (WORM) media
are expected to begin in May.
Based on the license agreement with Alliance Storage
Technologies, MKM will start producing UDO2 WORM in April at its
optical disc manufacturing facility in Mizushima, Japan. MKM, a
key developer and manufacturer of UDO media, has been
manufacturing 30GB UDO1 WORM and RW (rewriteable) media at this
factory since 2004 and will continue to do so. Verbatim/MKM said
that it would also offer 60GB UDO2 RW media in June.
The new Verbatim/MKM UDO2 WORM media can be used with Plasmon
brand libraries and drives, now developed, manufactured and
serviced by Alliance Storage Technologies (www.plasmon.com), HP
and other UDO2 drives and optical libraries.
Like UDO1, UDO2 media uses a single layer recording surface.
However, compared to first-generation UDO1, which provides a 30GB
media capacity and a maximum read performance of 8MB/sec., UDO2
doubles the media capacity to 60GB and the maximum read
performance is increased by 50 percent to 12MB/sec.
To protect the media from physical damage and contamination
(dust, fingerprints, etc.), Verbatim/MKM double-sided UDO discs
feature an ISO standard 5.25 inch cartridge that is designed
based on the previous generation optical media. The cartridge is
also treated with a special anti-static material that helps
reduce electrostatic charges that can cause problems in library