HD-DVD tech milestone reached
Four manufacturers allow us HD DVD-R disc technology that may be created in quantity using standard DVD-R production lines.
Hitachi Maxell and Mitsubishi Kagaku Media/Verbatim, a couple of Japan’s leading manufacturers of optical disc media, have individually tested and verified the manufacturability from the write-once dvds, designed to use a brand new organic dye particularly produced for blue-laser applications, and confirmed the possibilities of volume production.
The brand new dye was jointly-produced by Hayashibara Biochemical Laboratories, a vital manufacturer of dyes for DVD-Recordable dvds, Mitsubishi Kagaku Media/Verbatim and Toshiba.
Commercial production in the year 2006
Hitachi Maxell and Mitsubishi Kagaku Media/Verbatim will commercialize HD DVD-R dvds in spring the coming year, simultaneously because the launch of HD DVD recorders and Computers with built-in HD DVD drives by hardware manufacturers, including Toshiba.
This can be a major step for HD DVD-R and needed the introduction of a brand new photosensitive organic dye, able to work with blue lasers.
“By mixing our cumulative know-how in high-density optical disc technology using the breakthrough from the new dye, we’ve proven and tested the manufacturability of HD DVD-R dvds,” stated Norio Ota, executive officer and gm from the Development and Technology Division at Hitachi Maxell. “We’ll get ready for mass manufacture of HD DVD-R on the current lines.”
Technological advance and mutual gain
Hidemi Yoshida, chief technology officer of Mitsubishi Kagaku Media stated, “We anticipate seeing exactly the same substantial development in interest in HD DVD-R. We’ll get ready for mass production to aid the forthcoming launch of HD DVD products.”
“I’m delighted the four companies, through their joint work, have proven the manufacturability of the HD DVD-R disc. HD DVD’s fundamental feature of discussing exactly the same disc structure as DVD designed a large contribution for this success, while offering many compelling proof of our design policy’s validity,” stated Hisashi Yamada, chief fellow of Toshiba’s Digital Media Network Company.
“In 2004 the recordable and rewritable DVD disc market was around 1.4 billion dvds, contributing to 90 % of individuals dvds were write-once dvds. Generation x write-once HD DVD disc is going to be just like important, and i’m certain showing a competent mass production technology for HD DVD-R dvds will give you a large boost for any smooth transition from DVD to HD DVD.”