Verbatim will begin shipping the world's first 2x-speed HD DVD-R (recordable) and HD DVD-RW (rewriteable) discs this quarter.
The complete HD
DVD media product line, including Verbatim's 2x HD DVD
R/RW media and its 1x HD DVD-R DL media will be
showcased at Verbatim's CES Booth #S4-36249 in the South
Hall this week.
Verbatim's new recordable and rewriteable HD DVDs slash
the time required to fill a 15GB HD DVD disc to about 30
minutes, compared to about 1 hour at 1x speed. HD DVD
media supports the Advanced Access Content System
To achieve the higher performance required for 2x write
speeds, Mitsubishi Kagaku Media (MKM), Verbatim's parent
company developed a new highly sensitive recording layer. Features such as a uniform groove shape, consistent substrate thickness and flatness of the disc have been proven to optimize the performance and longevity of Verbatim media. These characteristics are achieved using a new mastering process, ultra-precise molding technology and advanced bonding techniques developed by MKM. To achieve the narrow track pitch of the HD DVD format, MKM also developed a stamper with a precise groove shape.
Verbatim's single-sided, dual layer HD DVD-R Media has
been available in Japan since July of 2006 and began
shipping to its North American customers when compatible
hardware became available in Q1 2007. Verbatim's HD DVD
DL media supports the Advanced Access Content System
To achieve the best balance of reflectivity,
transmission and absorption for both recording layers,
MKM developed a new highly sensitive recording dye. The
high recording sensitivity plus the wider power margin
of the new recording layer ensure a low error rate,
regardless of drive power fluctuations or smudges on the