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
$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:
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
For more information, go to www.imation.com.