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.
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.