TDK Shows 23.3GB Blue Laser Pototype

TDK will also show its prototype blue laser disc for Sony’s “Professional Disc for DATA” drive systems, as well as its line of 4mm and LTO Ultrium data tape recording media.

Marking one of the most significant product introductions in the company’s history, TDK will also showcase its groundbreaking prototype blue laser disc for Sony’s “Professional Disc” Systems. The disc offers an unprecedented 23.3GB storage capacity, and provides optimal video recording and playback when used with Sony’s XDCAMâ„¢ camcorders and decks. Built on blue laser technology, TDK’s blue laser disc opens entirely new possibilities in the way video will be shot, edited and distributed. It promises to revolutionize the broadcast video industry.

TDK will also feature its prototype blue laser disc for Sony’s “Professional Disc for DATA” system, designed for archiving and back-up for various data recording solutions including next-generation optical libraries. Additional media products on exhibit will include TDK’s line of high-capacity LTO Ultrium 2 cartridge, new DAT 72 data cartridge and DDS storage solutions.

TDK’s broadcast media solutions will be featured at NAB 2004 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV in Booth# SU9512 (April 19–22).

“TDK has always been committed to offering the most advanced media solutions to professionals and consumers,” noted Takako Miyazaki, TDK Director of New Business Development. “Our new prototype blue laser disc for Sony’s “Professional Disc” systems exemplifies this commitment as never before. NAB provides the perfect forum to showcase the capabilities, cost-effectiveness and streamlined workflow that this media will bring to broadcast and video production professionals in the future. Our entry into the broadcast market with blue laser optical discs will further strengthen our position as the leader in recording media, while expanding TDK’s role as the brand that professional users can trust for the ultimate in performance and reliability.”

Blue Laser Technology: Revolutionizing the Broadcast Industry
The introduction of blue laser technology heralds the beginning of a new era in video production and distribution, offering never before available possibilities for shooting, editing and distributing digital video. The massive 23.3GB storage capacity of the TDK blue laser disc for Sony’s “Professional Disc” systems enables up to 85 minutes of video footage at DVCAM mode to be captured on a single disc. A low-resolution Proxy AV data can then be uploaded to an editing facility via Internet and immediately edited and distributed.

TDK’s blue laser disc for the “Professional Disc” system is designed for use with Sony’s XDCAMâ„¢ camcorders and decks for broadcast news, electronic field production environments and post-production facilities. The disc is optimized for the 405nm laser wavelength and high numerical aperture (.85) lens employed by the Sony system, yielding the ultimate in recording and playback performance. The disc’s 23.3GB capacity is almost five times that of standard DVD media, and its high 72Mbps/head data transfer rate is capable of handling a 50Mbps MPEG IMX data stream. In addition, it is rewritable more than 1,000 times, to provide cost efficiency to the professional user.

TDK Unique Hard Coating Technology
A unique hard coating technology is applied on TDK blue laser disc for “Professional Disc” and “Professional Disc for DATA” systems, which provides anti-scratch and anti-dust protection. The result is a revolutionary new professional recording media that offers remarkable capacity, faster data transfer, unmatched durability and total recording reliability.

TDK Blue Laser Technology Development
As the leading next generation optical media solutions provider, TDK utilized its extensive engineering and manufacturing expertise to create its breakthrough results. TDK’s unique phase- change material, recording layer design, ultra-flat cover layer and hard coating technologies enabled TDK to develop a high-speed, high capacity, highly reliable next-generation optical media. TDK’s achievements in the development of blue laser technology have been attracting a great deal of attention from scientific and academic communities around the world.

On March 18th, 2004, the Blu-ray Founders Group* accepted TDK as the first manufacturing company member specializing in recording media. Since June 2003, TDK has been selling its Blu-ray Disc in the Japanese consumer market for the purpose of recording digital satellite TV.

TDK DAT 72 Data Cartridge: Ultra-High Storage Capacity
TDK’s new DAT 72 data cartridge offers highly cost-effective storage capacity for archiving and data storage applications. DAT 72 is the fifth-generation data cartridge incorporating DDS technology, to provide 36GB storage capacity (72GB using compression), with a maximum transfer rate of 3.5MB/s (7MB/s using compression). DAT 72 drives are also backwards compatible with DDS-3 and DDS-4 cartridges, making DAT 72 the ideal cost-effective, high-performance storage solution for a wide variety of installations.

To achieve superior performance, TDK DAT 72 cartridge utilizes a host of advanced technologies, such as an ultra-fine, proprietary Super Finavinx metal particle magnetic tape formulation with an ultra-smooth, high-density recording layer, an exclusive Three Dimensional Compound (3DC) binder system and tape cartridge and mechanism materials that optimize performance and guarantee durability and reliability.

Reliability, Durability and Data Interchangeability – TDK LTO Ultrium CartridgeThe latest generation TDK LTO Ultrium 2 (Linear Tape-Open) data cartridge provide broadcast professionals with ultra-high-capacity and cost-effective solutions for growing data archiving needs. TDK’s LTO2 cartridge (model # D2405) provides data storage capacity to 400GB (200GB non-compressed), with data transfer rate up to 80MB per second (40MB non-compressed).

TDK LTO Ultrium 2 cartridge utilize a proprietary unified mechanism that offers total hardware compatibility with the widest variety of drives, along with exceptional durability. Each mechanical component is specially composed of materials optimized to their specific functions for unsurpassed durability and long-term operational stability, enabling the cartridge to withstand accidental drops and endure long-term use. To assure maximum data integrity, TDK LTO Ultrium 2 cartridge features a specially developed Super Finavinx metal particle tape formulation along with a 3DC binder system, yielding ultra-high data storage and exceptionally low error rates even under the stresses of rapid tape speeds, and repeated read/write cycles.


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