Digital media manufacturer Verbatim Corp. today announced what it says are the industry’s first CD-R discs certified for full-speed 24x recording. The discs support recording speeds of up to 3.5MB per second, enabling users to burn an entire CD in about 3 minutes.
The new DataLifePlus CD-R discs feature Verbatim’s “Super Azo” recording dye, which Verbatim product marketing manager Ron Hanafin said provides stable, error-free recording at speeds from 1x to 24x.
The Super Azo recording dye was developed by Verbatim parent Mitsubishi Corp. The technology provides sharper pit burns at higher recording speeds. The companies claim that Super Azo is more stable than most recording dyes and is the least affected by ultraviolet light, as well. The discs also sport a dual-protective layer that safeguards the silver reflective layer and improves reflectivity and maximum performance potential.
Verbatim claimed that the new 24x DataLifePlus media have an archive life of more than 100 years. Verbatim also said that the discs have been certified by CD-R drive manufacturers including Yamaha, Plextor, Ricoh and Sanyo. Verbatim also said it’s working with other drive makers who are producing 20x and 24x mechanisms to make sure the discs will work.
Verbatim said that volume shipments of the new media are available immediately. They’re shipping in single and multi-disc packages with ultra-slim cases, jewel cases, and spindles. Pricing was not immediately available.