Reprinted from a Verbatim press release:

Verbatim Corporation announced today
that it will begin shipping its new DataLifePlus 4x DVD+RW media in August. Certified to write and rewrite at 1x to 4x speeds, the 4.7GB media incorporates a new proprietary recording layer technology that provides accurate recording at high speeds and noise-free playback. At 4X speed, the fastest recording speed of any current ReWriteable DVD format, users can record 120 minutes of video or 4.7GB of data in approximately 15 minutes. Verbatim DataLifePlus 4x DVD+RW media is compatible with the Sony DRU-510A 4X DVD+RW drive as well as announced drives from BenQ, Philips, Ricoh and others that support 4x +RW write/rewrite speeds. Verbatim will showcase its new 4x DVD+RW media at DV Expo East, Booth #544, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City this week.

With the ability to provide recording speeds of up to 4x (equivalent to 36x CD-R performance), and Verbatim’s reputation for quality, end users can be confident that Verbatim’s new DVD+RW media provides optimum recording at the full rated speed of today’s higher-performance +RW drives.

Since DVD+RW media can be recorded both sequentially and randomly, it can be used for video and audio recording, multimedia development, digital photo albums and data storage. In addition, support for multi-session writing technology and lossless linking technology gives users the freedom to quickly add documents, data and video segments without having to open and close write sessions.

With a capacity of 4.7GB, 1,000 rewrites, a write speed of 4x and the ability to easily append data, Verbatim 4x DVD+RW media is also ideal for PC backups in home and business environments.

Like earlier Verbatim DVD+RW media, the new 4x media provides users with the convenience of being able to play back their recorded discs with most of the DVD-Video players and DVD-ROM drives in use today. As a result, data, videos, photos and music recorded to the discs can be easily shared with anyone that has a PC equipped with a DVD-ROM drive or a TV equipped with a set-top DVD player.

Verbatim ReWritable DVD discs are manufactured with a proprietary process based on the Advanced Super Eutectic Recording Layer (Advanced-SERL) technology developed by Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, Verbatim’s parent company. Fine-tuned to enable reliable, noise-free recording and rewriting at up to 4x speed, SERL technology extends the capabilities of proven phase-change optical recording. By combining these technologies with precision stamper and precision molding technologies during the manufacturing process, Verbatim 4x DVD+RW media provides a high level of stability during storage and playback.

Verbatim and MCC are original members of the DVD+RW Alliance that developed the DVD+RW format. Executive members of the DVD+RW Alliance include Dell, Hewlett-Packard Company, MCC/Verbatim, Philips Electronics, Ricoh Company Ltd., Sony Corporation, Thomson Multimedia and Yamaha Corporation.

Pricing, Availability
Verbatim DataLifePlus 4x DVD+RW media is expected to have a street price of $5.99 and will be available in August through authorized resellers and the Verbatim web site. The new media will be packaged in multi-pack jewel cases. Verbatim backs the quality of its complete line of DataLifePlus DVD media with a lifetime warranty.

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