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 Verbatim makes a quantum in re-writeable CD performace with new 16x-24x Ultra Speed CD-RW discs!
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Message Text: Verbatim corporation achieved yet another first with the announcement of its new DataLifePlus® 16x-24x certified Ultra Speed CD-RW discs. With the ability to write and rewrite at speeds of up to 3.5 MB/sec—the industry's highest rewriting speed—users can burn a 10MB file in less than 3 seconds. Fully compliant with the latest release of Orange Book Part III Volume 3, Verbatim Ultra Speed 16x-24x CD-RW discs have been tested and qualified by leading 24x drive manufacturers.

Advanced Technologies

The development of two unique technologies--Advanced Super Eutectic Recording Layer (Advanced-SERL™) and a new recording method paved the way for Verbatim to become the first and only manufacturer currently capable of providing Ultra Speed 16x-24x CD-RW media.

To ensure high reliability and durability at 24x speed, Verbatim's new Ultra-Speed 16x-24x CD-RW discs are manufactured with Advanced-SERL, a new patented recording layer developed by Verbatim's parent company, Mitsubishi® Chemical Company. Advanced-SERL overcomes the difficulties in CD-RW re-writing to ensure sufficient erasability at high speeds, reduction of media noise during erase/rewrite cycles, and a long archival life.

To achieve the industry’s highest re-write speed, Verbatim's 16x-24x Ultra-Speed CD-RW discs incorporate a new writing method called the 2T Writing Strategy. The new writing method was required because at 24x and higher recording speeds, conventional recording technology cannot generate enough “cooling time” for creating stable amorphous marks. Verbatim's 2T Writing Strategy overcomes this issue to provide stability of the recorded mark as well as supporting quality high-speed erasure.

Recognized as a breakthrough in ultra-speed recording, the 2T Writing Strategy is already gaining widespread support from leading drive and IC makers and has been proposed as the standard for 24x CD-RW recording.

Industry Standard Compliance

The latest release of Orange Book Part III Volume 3 details the specifications for Ultra-Speed CDRW media. The discs, which can only be recorded and erased by 16x-24x drives carrying the Ultra-Speed CDRW logo, provide backward read compatibility with legacy multi-read CD/DVD-ROM drives, 2x-4x drives and 10x-12x drives.

With the ability to support both CAV and P-CAV recording at 16x-24x speeds, Verbatim's new Ultra Speed 16x-24x CD-RW discs are the best solution for use with new Mt Rainier-compliant CD-RW burners. The discs provide superior performance for random access applications such as data storage, backups and archiving that require high-speed recording in the CAV mode.

Verbatim DataLifePlus 16x-24x CD-RW discs deliver more than 1,000 overwrites and an archival life of more than 30 years, making it a cost-effective storage solution for a wide range of applications. To ensure the broadest compatibility with Ultra-Speed CD-RW drives, Verbatim provides its 16x-24x CD-RW discs to leading Ultra-Speed CD-RW drive manufacturers for high-speed testing.

Pricing, Availability

The new DataLifePlus 16x-24X CD-RW media will be available in singles and multi-packs through retailers, Internet resellers and distributors from September for a suggested retail price of $1.49 per disc. Verbatim backs the quality of its complete line of DataLifePlus media with a lifetime warranty
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