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Verbatim Slashes CD Recording Time to 3 Minutes with Industry's First Fully Certified 24X CD-R Discs

Breakthrough Technology Enables 1x-24x Recording with Highest Reliability, Durability

CHARLOTTE, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 12, 2001-- Verbatim® Corporation announced today the industry's first CD-R discs certified for full-speed 24x recording. Offering the ultimate in speed, reliability and durability, the new 80-minute DataLifePlus® media features Verbatim's innovative "Super Azo" recording dye -- a major breakthrough in recording layer technology. In addition to providing highly reliable audio, video and data recordings at speeds of up to 3.5 MB/sec with the new 24x drives and 3.0MB/sec with the new 20x drives, the media can be used with existing CD drives at speeds ranging from 1X to 16X.

Certification by 20x/24x drive manufacturers such as Yamaha, Plextor, Ricoh and Sanyo provides end users with the assurance that Verbatim 24x media offers optimum recording at the full rated speed and that Verbatim's new Super Azo technology not only withstands the high-speed lasers and drive speeds of the new drives, it maximizes their performance.

"With our new 24x CD-R discs, you can burn an entire CD in about 3 minutes, or about 40 percent faster than with 16x media," said Ron Hanafin, Verbatim CD Product Marketing Manager. "This is a significant leap in performance, but our Super Azo recording dye technology doesn't sacrifice reliability or durability for speed. It delivers stable, error-free recording at any speed between 1x and 24x."

Verbatim's Super Azo recording dye is based on its patented Metal Azo technology, which was developed to advance CD and other storage media, including DVD-R. Mitsubishi Corporation, the original developer of Metal Azo dye, and Verbatim's parent company, developed this new advanced recording technology by re-tuning key media characteristics such as sensitivity to ensure sharper pit burns at higher recording speeds.

Tests show that Verbatim's Azo recording layer is also more stable than most recording dyes and is the least affected by ultraviolet light. For improved reflectivity and maximum read/write performance, the discs' silver reflective layer is safeguarded with a dual-protective layer. Verbatim's DataLifePlus CD-R media is the only CD-R disc that includes double protection for the reflective layer as standard.

Like all Verbatim DataLifePlus CD-R media, the 24x CD-R discs deliver an archival life of more than 100 years and have been tested to ensure the broadest compatibility with current and future CD-ROM drives. Verbatim 24x CD-R discs have been qualified by high-speed CD-R drive manufacturers such as Sanyo, Yamaha, Ricoh and Plextor for high-speed recording. Verbatim is also working with other drive manufacturers who plan to release 20x and 24x drives to ensure compatibility as these products are released.


Volume shipments of the new media are available immediately. Backed by a lifetime warranty, the new DataLifePlus 24X 80 min. CD-R media will be available from authorized resellers in single and multiple-disc packages with ultra-slim cases, jewel cases, and spindles.

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