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Mitsubishi Rolls Out Archival BD-R XL 100 GB Discs

Mitsubishi Kagaku Media (Verbatim) announced its new Enterprise Grade BD-R BDXL 100GB for Archive discs.

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Mitsubishi Kagaku Media to Offer Enterprise Grade 100GB BD-R BDXL™ for Archive

Mitsubishi Kagaku Media Co., Ltd. (HQ: Minato-ku Tokyo; president: Tetsuya Mutsu; hereinafter “Mitsubishi Kagaku Media”) will release an Enterprise Grade 100GB recordable Blu-ray Disc™ (BD-R) BDXL™ for Archive at the end of September. The Enterprise Grade 100GB BD-R BDXL™ for Archive is intended for professional applications involving long-term storage for ten or more years, including digital archiving of official documents, corporate documents obliged to store and the like. In addition, the Enterprise Grade 100GB BD-R BDXL™ for Archive is compliant with the guideline of the Optical Archive Group (OPARG)※1, which is a cooperative alliance group for building a framework for optical disc archives.

Enterprise Grade BD-R BDXL™ 100GB for Archive can record data in optimal conditions with the support of a specialized drive, PIONEER CORPORARION’s professional BD drives “BDR-PR1M” and “BDR-PR1MA”, achieving outstanding initial recording characteristics which could result in extremely long archival life. One of the most important factors affecting long-term storage stability is initial signal characteristics. When writing at high quality using a specialized drive that matches the recording characteristics of archival discs for professional use, the recording quality is guaranteed in its initial state. In addition, the manufacturing lines at Mitsubishi Kagaku Media’s plant are managed at RSER※2 and burst error※3 standards are stricter than those for ordinary products. Furthermore, strict product controls are in place for shipment from the plant, the probability of data playback defects is reduced to a minimum, and recording quality in the initial state, which greatly affects long-term storage, is guaranteed.

With Enterprise Grade BD-R BDXL™ 100GB for Archive, in accelerated testing using the Arrhenius method, the results for projected life showed that data could be read even after fifty years or more in storage conditions at room temperature 25°C and 50% relative humidity.※4 Also, with Enterprise Grade BD-R BDXL™ 100GB for Archive, data will be read even if the disc temporarily comes into contact with a harsh environment, for instance; when the disc is damaged by immersion in water or saltwater (5%)※5 or exposure to high temperatures and high humidity (80℃/80% RH),※6 low temperatures (-40℃),※6※7.

Mitsubishi Kagaku Media has accumulated over twenty years of technical know-how regarding recordable optical discs as digital storage media, starting with CD-R, and has a track record of reliability for long-term storage. Also, optical discs are also media suitable for long-term storage because they do not require electricity to store, making them low in cost and in environmental burden, and because as a general rule it is not possible to tamper with recordable discs, because recordable optical discs are true write-once media. Enterprise Grade 100GB BD-R BDXL™ for Archive was designed as an optical disc with characteristics optimized for long-term storage.

Mitsubishi Kagaku Media will continue to develop and manufacture Enterprise Grade Discs for Archive at its own plants. In addition, Mitsubishi Kagaku Media will offer archival discs that meet the varied needs of our customers.

Mitsubishi Kagaku Media is therefore striving to provide a comfortable environment for the people, society and the earth.

※1.     OPARG™ and OPARG™ logos are trademarks of Pioneer Corporation.

※2.     Abbreviation for Random Symbol Error Rate. This is the BD error rate measured by excluding burst errors of more than 40 bytes in length.

※3.     These are errors produced locally by media defects, scratches, dirt, etc.

※4.     There are the results of projected life testing following the Arrhenius method. A disc recorded with an evaluation signal was subjected to accelerated testing at 60℃/80%RH, 70℃/80%RH, 80℃/80%RH . After the accelerated testing, the projected life was calculated by measuring the number of digital signal errors occurring during playback.

※5.     After 250 hours of immersion, the disc was removed without scratching it and played back after careful drying.

※6.     Several hundred hours without condensation or sudden changes in temperature or humidity.

※7.     Storage in such environments is not recommended. Playback is performed after wiping away dirt that adhered to the surface of the disk during testing. It is recommended that data that can be played back after recovery processing be immediately backed up.

About Mitsubishi Kagaku Media
Mitsubishi Kagaku Media, a 100% subsidiary of Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, is a company that plans, develops, manufactures and sells products based on the technology and knowledge of the Mitsubishi Chemical Group. For instance, Verbatim is a global brand of Mitsubishi Kagaku Media sold in over 120 countries worldwide, with the largest market share※of the recordable optical disc sold worldwide by brand for seven consecutive years.

※2005-2011; the largest market share of the recordable CD/DVD/BD sold worldwide by brand for seven consecutive years (according to the SCCG/JRIA data)

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Model no.     Product name     Capacity     Speed     Disc contained     Label
ASBF25RTST     Enterprise Grade 100GB BD-R BDXL™ for Archive         100GB     4X     25pcs     Standard label

The label side and case specification con be given a variety of finishes depending on their intended use.