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Pioneer And Memory-Tech Develop Next-Generation 512GB Optical Disc

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Pioneer Corporation and Memory-Tech Corporation have jointly developed a high-capacity optical disc for data archiving with a capacity of 256 GB on a single side. With the use of double-sided disc technologies, capacity can be expanded up to 512 GB.

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Recently there has been growing interest in digital archiving where information such as source materials and official documents held at libraries and art galleries are digitized and stored long-term, and the total volume of stored digital data is expected to rapidly increase in the coming years. As well as offering lower maintenance costs compared with other technologies, the use of optical discs to record and save information is recognized for its high reliability, such as its excellent recording recall factor when exposed to disasters such as flooding, and further advances in capacity are required.

The high-capacity optical disc for data archiving developed by Pioneer and Memory-Tech employs a guide layer-separated multi-layer disc structure which separates the recording layers and guide layers, and by stacking eight recording layers on a single side of an optical disc, achieves the high capacity of 256 GB. With the use of double-sided disc technologies, recording capacity of up to 512 GB on a single disc can be ensured. Moreover, the discs feature excellent compatibility with existing formats. For instance, the developed optical discs recorded using a compliant recording device can be played back on Blu-ray Disc™ compliant drives (Some pickup and firmware modifications required).

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Millenniata Launches 25GB Blu-ray M-Disc

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Showing continued growth and market interest from both consumers and enterprises for long-lasting, compliance-ready permanent data storage, Millenniata has introduced its 25 GB Blu-ray M-Disc. The M-Disc optical media (DVD and now Blu-ray) is the only storage option to preserve information, photos and videos for hundreds of years. Optical media is the responsible choice because of its unparalleled longevity, broad compatibility, high reliability, energy efficiency and durability against electromagnetic pulses and catastrophes. With the recent Blu-ray Disc Association approval, the M-Disc Blu-ray works in most standard Blu-ray drives and is being shipped to customers as of April 1, 2014.

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According to International Data Corporation (IDC), the digital universe is growing at a remarkable pace – doubling about every two years in both the consumer and enterprise segments. Consumers, for instance, take twice the photos/videos per person now than a few years ago and those images are much larger files. For both enterprises and consumers, this increase in file creation and the reality that virtually all storage mediums have a limited life, means that reliable, long-lasting, archival quality storage options are essential.

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RITEK Announces 50GB 6x BD-R DL Discs

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As the world leader in storage media, RITEK provides the world's best Blu-ray discs with dual layers (BD-R DL) to accommodate the growing needs for 3D Digital TV and Blu-ray hardware and software. The BD-R DL 6X disc is highly compatible, reliable and durable. It especially feature that can record data at speeds of up to 8X.

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Providing double the storage capacity of a standard Blu-Ray Recordable disc, RITEK BD-R DL 6X discs provide up to 50GB of data. It is designed especially to store large HD video and audio files. Therefore, you'll use fewer discs when you're backing-up, recording or duplicating high definition digital recordings. The most attracting part of this disc is that you can record all these data up to 8X in the most of drivers of current market.

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OWC Releases Mercury Pro External 16x Blu-ray Writer

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Other World Computing (OWC), a leading zero emissions Mac and PC upgrade and storage technology company has upgraded the OWC Mercury Pro External Blu-ray Optical Drive to professional grade 16X BD-R write speeds, 128GB BDXL compatibility, and high-speed USB 3.0 connectivity.

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In addition to single and double layer BD-R discs, the Mercury Pro External offers expanded support for up to 100GB of data on triple layer BDXL-R/BDXL RE discs and up to 128GB on quad layer BDXL-R discs. For comparison, 128GBs of data on a single quad layer BDXL disc is the equivalent of 27 standard DVDs or five single layer Blu-ray discs.

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Sony And Panasonic Announce "Archival Disc" Standard For Professional-Use, Next-Generation Optical Discs

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archival_disc_logo.pngSony Corporation ("Sony") and Panasonic Corporation ("Panasonic") today announced that they have formulated "Archival Disc", a new standard for professional-use, next-generation optical discs, with the objective of expanding the market for long-term digital data storage.

Optical discs have excellent properties to protect themselves against the environment, such as dust-resistance and water-resistance, and can also withstand changes in temperature and humidity when stored. They also allow inter-generational compatibility between different formats, ensuring that data can continue to be read even as formats evolve. This makes them robust media for long-term storage of content. Recognizing that optical discs will need to accommodate much larger volumes of storage going forward, particularly given the anticipated future growth in the archive market, Sony and Panasonic have been engaged in the joint development of a standard for professional-use next-generation optical discs.

These efforts resulted in the formulation of "Archival Disc", a new professional-use next-generation optical disc standard, for which the technology roadmap, logo, and specifications are outlined below.

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Pioneer Announces BDR-S09J 16x Blu-ray Disc Writer

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Pioneer Japan sent out a press release earlier this week, announcing its new 16x Blu-ray Disc writer, the BDR-S09J. This Windows 8.1 compatible drive is is capable of 16x BD-R, 14x BD-R DL, 8x BD-R LTH, 2x BD-RE and 2x BD-RE DL writing speeds and a maximum BD-ROM read speed of 12x. The BDR-S09J also writes to triple-layer (100GB) BD-R media at 8x, quad-layer (128GB) BD-R media at 6x and triple-layer (100GB) BD-RE media at 2x.

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Compared to the BDR-S08J, the BDR-S09J is 20% faster during disc setup and, thanks to an improved algorithm, is 10 minutes faster when verifying the contents of a recorded disc. Along with the usual assortment of features like Pioneer's PowerRead and PureRead3+ technologies, the BDR-S09J introduces a new "surface-oriented mode" that improves the appearance of BD-R discs by reducing the unevenness of the recording surface.  The drive also ships with authoring and playback software from CyberLink and is expected to cost about 20,000 Yen ($195US) when it hits stores in late February.

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Pioneer Unveils BDR-209JBK BDXL Compatible 16x Blu-ray Disc Writer

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Along with the ultra-light BDR-XD05J, Pioneer Japan announced its new 16x Blu-ray Disc writer, the BDR-209JBK. This Windows 8.1 compatible drive is is capable of 16x BD-R, 14x BD-R DL, 8x BD-R LTH, 2x BD-RE and 2x BD-RE DL writing speeds and a maximum BD-ROM read speed of 12x. The BDR-209JBK also writes to triple-layer (100GB) BD-R media at 8x, quad-layer (128GB) BD-R media at 6x and triple-layer (100GB) BD-RE media at 2x.

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The BDR-209JBK includes features like Pioneer's PureRead2 technology and a special power-saving mode. The drive also ships with authoring and playback software from CyberLink and is expected to cost 14,000 Yen ($136US) when it hits stores at the end of January.

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Pioneer Announces World's Lightest Portable BDXL Compatible Blu-ray Disc Writer

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Pioneer Japan sent out a press today, announcing what it claims to be the world's lightest BDXL compatible Blu-ray Disc writer. The BDR-XD05J measures only 133 × 133 × 14.8 mm and weighs in at a mere 230g. This USB 3.0 equipped drive is capable of 6x BD-R, 6x BD-R DL, 6x BD-R LTH, 2x BD-RE and 2x BD-RE DL writing speeds and a maximum BD-ROM read speed of 6x. The BDR-XD05J also writes to triple- (100GB) and quad-layer (128GB) BD-R media at 4x and triple-layer (100GB) BD-RE media at 2x.

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The BDR-XD05J includes features like Pioneer's PureRead2+ technology and an "advanced silent mode" for when playing movies and audio discs. The drive is also compatible with the company's new APS-WF01J wireless dock, which lets it be used with Windows-based tablets. The BDR-XD05J ships with authoring and playback software from CyberLink and is expected to hit stores in late January for about 10,000 Yen ($97US).

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M-Disc Partners With Leading Optical Disc Drive Manufacturers

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millenniata logo.pngMillenniata, the industry pioneer responsible for M-Disc’s lifetime optical data storage capabilities, today announced partnerships with the leading optical disc drive manufacturers in the world. Samsung, LG, and LiteON optical disc drives will carry the M-Disc logo to inform customers of the included M-Technology. The adoption of M-Disc by leading hardware innovators and software innovators such as CyberLink and Nero sparks a revolution in consumer and business Archival Storage opportunities. Partnerships with leading computer companies will be announced in the coming months.

Millenniata is also partnered with RITEK, the leading optical disc manufacturer in the world, to manufacture and distribute both the DVD and Blu-ray M-Disc through their own channels and through other leading optical brands. With world-wide distribution and broad industry support, M-Disc has created a platform for consumers and enterprises to archive their most precious data permanently across all storage platforms.

As the industry’s first consumer archival platform, M-Disc has elevated the storage industry’s overall standard. With the onset of consumer demand for more reliable and safe data storage capabilities, the M-Disc storage platform provides the capacity to store all data for up to 1000 years. The platform also eliminates the need for constant data management.

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DVD6C Reduces Royalty Rate For DVD Read-Only Discs

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The DVD6C Licensing Group (DVD6C) consisting of nine leading developers of DVD technology and formats - Hitachi Consumer Electronics Co., Ltd., JVC KENWOOD Corporation, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Panasonic Corporation, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., SANYO Electric Co., Ltd., Sharp Corporation, Toshiba Corporation and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc. - today announced that it is revising its worldwide patent licensing program to offer a reduced royalty rate for DVD Read-Only Discs to licensees in good standing.

Specifically, the revised licensing program provides for the following reduced rates from the current US$0.04 per disc - for Read-Only Discs (DVD-Video Discs, DVD-ROM Discs, and DVD-Audio Discs) for licensees in good standing, i.e., licensees who have no overdue or incorrect royalty reports or overdue or underpaid royalties (including back royalties) and are otherwise in compliance with their license agreement with DVD6C:

  • US$0.035 per disc for all DVD Read-Only Discs sold or otherwise transferred on or after July 1, 2013.
  • US$0.033 per disc for all DVD Read-Only Discs sold or otherwise transferred on or after January 1, 2014.
  • US$0.03 per disc for all DVD Read-Only Discs sold or otherwise transferred on or after January 1, 2015.

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