Comdex: Verbatim expands DVD media line

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Verbatim Corp. has expanded its family of DataLifePlus write-once and rewritable DVD media to encompass all media formats and all application requirements, the company announced today at the Comdex trade show in Las Vegas.

The product line includes DVD-R, DVD-RAM, DVD-RW and DVD+RW media in capacities ranging from 3.95 GB to 9.4 GB. Verbatim's announcement is timely considering that the Recordable DVD Council (RDVDC) has expressed support for all the recordable DVD technologies (DVD-RAM, DVD-R, DVD-RW) that comply with the recordable DVD formats established by the DVD Forum.

The growing demand for DVD media is being driven by increased sales of recordable drives. In 2001, market researcher Dataquest expects manufacturers will ship 1.8 million DVD recordable drives -- for all formats -- up from 585,000 units last year. Dataquest predicts the number will reach 13.8 million units by 2004.

DVD-R General -- which delivers certified 2X write speed performance -- was developed for business and consumer applications such as data archiving and one-time video recording. The low storage cost, 100-year data life and broad compatibility also make DVD-R General media ideal for small-scale distribution of DVD content, according to Verbatim. DVD-R general discs can be played back by most of the DVD-ROM drives and video players in use today. Verbatim's DVD-R General media are compatible with DVD-R General drives from Apple, Pioneer, Compaq, Sony, Panasonic and other manufacturers.

DVD-RW is a re-recordable format based on DVD-R technology that allows users to record, erase and re-record DVD discs more than 1,000 times. Like the other recordable DVD technologies, DVD-RW supports disc-at-once recording and incremental writing. Information is recorded to a DVD-RW disc sequentially. Verbatim DVD-RW discs are compatible with drives and video recorders from Pioneer, Compaq, Sony and other manufacturers. Recorded discs are also read-compatible with most DVD-Video players and DVD-ROM drives.

DVD-RAM is a rewritable format that provides more than 100,000 write/rewrite cycles, a 30-year data life and built-in error correction. The media is suitable for both computer and home entertainment use because it has both fixed bit rate (data) and variable bit rate (real time video) capabilities as well as random read and write capabilities. Verbatim's DVD-RAM family includes 4.7GB bare disc and removable-cartridge discs as well as double-sided 5.2GB and 9.4GB media in protective cartridges. The applications for DVD-RAM include data archiving, data backup and near-online data libraries, as well as professional and personal multimedia/video authoring.

DVD+RW -- certified for 2.4x recording media is used by consumers for both audio/video and data storage applications. For video applications, the DVD+RW format uses advanced "lossless linking" technology, which allows the use of variable, bit rate recording for longer playback. Because DVD+RW incorporates multi-session writing technology, users can quickly add documents, data and video segments without having to constantly open and close write sessions, according to Verbatim.

For personal computer applications, the DVD+RW format uses CAV (constant angular velocity) recording, which means the disc rotates at a constant speed during recording to provide fast, random-access reading of the disc. In addition, the technology incorporates extensive defect management to ensure that data is accurately written to and read from the disc.

Verbatim says it will be among the first to offer DVD+R, the "logical extension of CD-R technology." With the new DVD+R write-once media, the company says users will have a "reliable, low-cost storage solution for archiving home videos, photos, mixed media presentations and documents that they want to protect from alteration or erasure." Verbatim DVD+R media will offer the same broad compatibility with DVD-ROM drives and DVD video players as DVD+RW, according to Verbatim.

Available now, DataLifePlus DVD media street prices are US$9.95 for the 4.7GB DVD-R General media, $19.95 for 4.7GB DVD-RW discs, $16 for 4.7GB DVD+RW media, $19.95 for the 4.7GB DVD-RAM media and $35 for 9.4GB double-sided DVD-RAM media.

This story, "Comdex: Verbatim expands DVD media line" was originally published by PCWorld.

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