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Verbatim/MKM Producing 50GB Dual Layer Blu-ray Media

Verbatim and its parent company, Mitsubishi Kagaku Media, announced today that it has started producing 2X speed 50GB Dual Layer Blu-ray Recordable and Blu-ray Rewriteable media for shipment to the US market. With the ability to store up to 50GB or about 4 hours of HD-quality video on a single disc without having to flip or change the disc, the new media offers distinct advantages for professional video production, business storage, backup, archiving, radio and television broadcast storage, education, banking, healthcare and government applications.

The recording layers used for Verbatim/MKM BD-R and BD-RE DL media have exceptionally wide power margins. This makes Verbatim/MKM BD-R/RE DL media the best choice for critical applications because it ensures quality recording on the entire disc surface, regardless of drive power fluctuations or smudges on the disc surface. Developed with a high potential for writing at a higher speed, Verbatim/MKM is preparing to launch 4X BD-R both single and dual media in 2007.

Verbatim/MKM's complete line of BD media includes a proprietary super-hard coating developed by MKM. This protective coating is a key technology for BD disc production since the BD data layer is close to the surface of the disc and is not protected by a plastic substrate like DVD media. The new hard coat protects the BD data layer from scratches and fingerprints without warping the disc, and allows the usage of the media in a bare disc form, without a cartridge.

For consumers who want to record and enjoy the amazingly sharp images that high-definition video provides but don't require 50GB storage, Verbatim offers 2x speed single-layer BD-R and BD-RE media. With a capacity of 25GB, the BD and BD-RE media can be used to record more than 2 hours of HDTV or 5 times the recording capacity of DVD/TV video quality than a standard DVD disc.

Verbatim/MKM BD media is produced to the highest quality standards at MKM's optical disc manufacturing facility in Mizushima, Japan. The Mizushima factory is known for its expertise in producing 30GB Ultra Density Optical discs. The UDO media, which is also based on blue laser technology, is widely used in mission-critical optical libraries for legal, financial, healthcare and government applications.



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