Reprinted from an Imation press releaseOAKDALE, Minn. (January 11, 2006) – Imation Corp, a worldwide leader in removable data storage

media, today announced it has begun its scale-up of manufacturing for HD DVD and Blu-ray optical

recordable media in preparation for product introduction in early 2006. The company invested more than


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$10 million in 2005 in research, development and modular manufacturing capabilities to position

Imation among the industry leaders delivering the newest high-capacity optical formats to customers.

A member of the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) and DVD Forum, Imation has dedicated teams

completing technology development and final product refinements for single layer and double layer

advanced optical formats. With more than 25 years of optical disc technology expertise dating to the

introduction of the first video disc in 1982, Imation continues to pioneer superior optical media

production technologies. To enable flexibility in responding to market requirements for both Blu-ray

and HD DVD products, the company will utilize modular manufacturing processes and leverage key Imation

technologies at its Oakdale, Minn. facility, including:

  • Patented Exacting High-Density Mastering. A proprietary, first-of-its-kind "reverse

    mastering and inverted stamping" process helps create the next generation of optical formats of

    HD DVD and Blu-ray optical media with track pitches less than 425 nanometers (at these densities more

    than 250 tracks would fit across the width of a human hair). Imations patented mastering techniques,

    used in conjunction with its state-of-the-art deep UV and custom UV mastering systems, ensure this

    first, and most critical, stage of manufacturing creates a HD DVD or Blu-ray master with recording

    tracks of extremely high precision, resolution and consistency, resulting in cost-effective

    manufactured discs with superior recording quality.

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  • Nano-Replication and Precision Molding. Imation pioneered the use of advanced photopolymer

    nano-replication for stamper production, the next manufacturing stage for optical discs. Combined with

    the advantages of Imations exacting high-density mastering technology, its unique nano-replication

    process creates precision stampers with extremely high consistency and fidelity. Imations precision

    molding processes ensure the excellent mechanical and replication characteristics necessary to

    consistently create the best possible discs for recording and playback.

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  • High-Performance Thin-Film Composition. Imations historical experience and leadership in

    thin-film engineering led to the design of thin-film information storage layers in its rewritable

    disks. These thin-film information storage layers are composed of a precise mixture of germanium,

    antimony and tellurium that deliver both very low jitter and excellent data retention ranking among

    the best of all Blu-ray media manufacturers. Imations new state-of-the-art thin-film production

    coater, located at its Oakdale Discovery Technology Center, is capable of manufacturing all

    thin-film-based optical recording formats including single layer and double layer rewritable and

    write-once discs.

  • Vacuum-Bonding Process. Imation uses a vacuum-bonding process for the final and critical

    manufacturing stage of bonding the 100 micron cover layer on Blu-ray discs and the 0.6 mm substrates

    for HD DVD discs. Through vacuum-bonding, Imation achieves excellent uniformity and adhesion in this

    cost-effective bonding technique, ensuring consistent high-performance and reliable media. Hard

    Coating. A protective disc coating that provides scratch-resistance, anti-static dust resistance and

    smear-resistance provides a more durable, protected media surface.

  • Industry Compatibility. Through participation and contribution in the DVD Forum and BDA

    testing and verification processes, all Imation Blu-ray and HD DVD media will be manufactured to meet

    format and content protection specifications to achieve compatibility with industry hardware that also

    meets these standards.

  • "Producing both Blu-ray and HD DVD recordable optical media requires advanced manufacturing

    processes and technology savvy," said Richard Weiss, vice president of research and development,

    Imation. "Imations continued technology inventions and innovative approaches to modular

    manufacturing at our Discovery Technology Center position us well to scale-up both new optical

    formats. "

    Throughout 2006, Imation plans to launch the BD-RE (rewritable) and BDR (recordable) 25GB single

    layer and 50GB double layer Blu-ray formats. Also in 2006, Imation plans to launch the HD DVD-R

    (recordable) and HD DVD-RW (rewritable) 15GB single layer and 30GB double layer HD DVD formats. Select

    formats will be available starting the first half of 2006, based on drive and recorder availability.

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