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Verbatim/MKM Announces First Shipments of 60GB UDO2 WORM Media Planned for May


CHARLOTTE, NC .– Verbatim® Americas, LLC joined its parent company, Mitsubishi Kagaku Media (Verbatim/MKM) today in announcing that the first shipments of its new 60GB UDO2 (Ultra Density Optical) Write-once (WORM) media are expected to begin in May. Based on the license agreement with Alliance Storage Technologies, MKM will start producing UDO2 WORM in April at its optical disc manufacturing facility in Mizushima, Japan. MKM, a key developer and manufacturer of UDO media, has been manufacturing premium-quality 30GB UDO1 WORM and RW (rewriteable) media at this factory since 2004 and will continue to do so. Verbatim/MKM will also offer 60GB UDO2 RW media and expects to begin shipping in June.

The new Verbatim/MKM UDO2 WORM media can be used with Plasmon brand libraries and drives, now developed, manufactured and serviced by Alliance Storage Technologies (, HP and other UDO2 drives and optical libraries

A world leader in media research, development and manufacturing, Verbatim/MKM has played a key role in advancing the capacity and performance of optical technologies such as MO, CD, DVD, UDO and BD without sacrificing reliability or stability. Verbatim/MKM is also committed to work with UDO hardware manufacturers to assure current and future customers that their needs for UDO technology, hardware and media will be met for years to come.

Like UDO1, UDO2 media uses a single layer recording surface. However, compared to first-generation UDO1, which provides a 30GB media capacity and a maximum read performance of 8MB/sec., UDO2 doubles the media capacity to 60GB and the maximum read performance is increased by 50 percent to 12MB/sec.

With Verbatim/MKM’s 60GB UDO2 write-once media, users can be confident that their recorded data can never be changed or altered. Write-once security and a data life of 50 years make this media the best choice for long-term archives that demand record authenticity. UDO2 technology has also been adopted as the recognized technology standard by ISO, IEC and ECMA, three of the top technical standards organizations in the world.

The reliable, long-term archival storage Verbatim/MKM UDO2 media provides makes it ideal for business applications such as document and medical imaging, voice recording, e-mail archiving and compliance with government mandates for records retention. Industries that can benefit from the high capacity and fast, random access that UDO technology provides include banking, insurance, medical, telecoms, broadcast, legal and government agencies. With the unprecedented data retention requirements that have recently been proposed, reliable archival storage is becoming even more important. Under the Internet Safety Act, these industries and even individuals would have to safely archive all e-mail logins, sites visited and search queries executed for two years.

To protect the media from physical damage and contamination (dust, fingerprints, etc.), Verbatim/MKM double-sided UDO discs feature an ISO standard 5.25 inch cartridge that is designed based on the previous generation optical media. The cartridge is also treated with a special anti-static material that helps reduce electrostatic charges that can cause problems in library mechanisms.

Verbatim/MKM 60GB UDO2 Write-once media will be available in May. The company also offers a full range of UDO1 media including single-pack 30GB WORM and RW cartridges and 30GB WORM cartridges with a unique barcode on every cartridge for automatic identification and tracking.


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