Eschborn/Germany, 6 October 2008 – Leveraging many of the same technologies that set the standard for high-speed DVD+R Double Layer (DL) disc performance, reliability and compatibility, Verbatim announced today the world’s first LightScribe® 8X DVD+R Double Layer (DL) discs. At 8X speed, the industry’s fastest DVD DL burning speed, an entire 8.5GB single-sided disc can be filled to capacity in 15 minutes¹ or less. Verbatim will begin shipping LightScribe 8X DVD+R DL discs in November.
Verbatim and its parent company, Mitsubishi Kagaku Media (MKM), have consistently been at the forefront in developing DVD+R DL technologies and LightScribe media coating. Verbatim was the first company to release DVD+R DL discs and LightScribe media in world wide market"
LightScribe certified, Verbatim’s new double layer media is fully compatible with LightScribe-enabled drives, duplicators and the latest software licensed by Hewlett-Packard Company (HP). When combined, the same drive that burns content to the data side of the disc can be used to burn silkscreen-quality monochrome labels directly on the label side of the discs. The discs are produced with LightScribe Media Version 1.2 coating technology on the label side to provide enhanced contrast for photos, graphics, images and text. Verbatim’s new DVD+R DL discs deliver LightScribe direct-to-disc labeling quality and convenience without requiring any software or firmware upgrades.
By offering compliance that exceeds the DVD+R DL standard, users also have the assurance that Verbatim’s new LightScribe media is compatible with the new multi-format drives and duplicators that support 8X DVD+R DL technology and most DVD playback devices.
The increased storage capacity required by digital content — especially HD video, and the volumes of Internet content that are being downloaded are driving the demand for higher-capacity storage. With two recording layers on a single side, Verbatim’s new LightScribe 8X DVD+R DL media nearly doubles the storage capacity of a DVD from 4.7GB to 8.5GB. The higher capacity will enable businesses, content developers and consumers to store up to 3.5 hours of DVD-quality videos, about one hour of HD video or 8.5GB of data without having to flip the disc. The capacity and 8X performance that these discs provide also make them ideal for backups and archiving.
Since its launch early in 2005, LightScribe’s adoption rate has grown substantially. Today, most of the major optical drive manufacturers include LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling technology with their burners. LightScribe also recently reported that the direct disc labeling technology is now licensed by over 80 electronics and software companies worldwide, including many disc publishing systems manufacturers.
Verbatim LightScribe 8X DVD+R DL media will be offered in 5pack Jewelcase. The media will be available in Europe in November through leading retailers, Internet resellers and distributors.
Verbatim also offers the industry’s broadest range of premium-quality LightScribe CD and DVD-R/+R media products, including 80MIN/700MB 52X LightScribe CD-R media, 4.7GB 16X LightScribe DVD-R media, 4.7GB 16X LightScribe DVD+R media and Color-background LightScribe 16x DVD-R and DVD+R media in vibrant shades of red, orange, yellow, blue and green.
¹Depending on the hardware and software used.
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Since 1969, Verbatim has been shaping the development of data storage technology – from Floppy Disks and Magneto-Optical storage media, CD and DVD formats to the latest High Definition media Blu-ray. Moreover, Verbatim offers high quality products in the field of Portable USB Drives, Flash Memory Cards and External Hard Drives as well as a broad variety of computer Accessories. Verbatim is a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Chemical Group and benefits from the outstanding research and development department. With these innovations Verbatim has played a key role in shaping the storage media market. Ultra-strict quality controls during the manufacturing process ensure the high quality of Verbatim’s products, which have been the winners of numerous international comparative tests. The company is the European market leader for Optical Media. For more information, please visit www.verbatim-europe.com.
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