LOVELAND, Colo., June 14 /PRNewswire/ -- With the opening of two additional verification labs in Japan the disc verification capacity for DVD+R and DVD+RW discs has been expanded significantly. The move anticipates the increasing need of Asia-Pacific disc manufacturers to verify and certify that their media complies with the DVD+R and DVD+RW format standards. The new verification labs are hosted by Sony (Tokyo) and Ricoh (Tokyo) and are in addition to the current verification lab at Philips in The Netherlands -- Europe. The final certification of the media will remain at the Philips lab. The format verification laboratories test newly developed DVD+R, DVD+R DL and DVD+RW discs from media manufacturers to verify that read and write performance comply with the standard specifications. The verification report indicates improvement items to help manufacturers improve their production processes and product quality. The verification reports also advise manufacturers on the optimal writing strategy to be applied by DVD writers for this specific disc. Unlike other DVD formats, DVD+R and DVD+RW media include writing strategy information in the ADIP (address in pre-groove) information on the disc, thereby insuring that all DVD+R/+RW recorders and DVD+R/+RW writers use the best writing strategy for the specific media manufacturer's disc. The goal of the media verification and certification program is to ensure optimal recording on discs in accordance with the standard. Only DVD+R or DVD+RW media that passes certification receives the certificate of conformance and is allowed to use the DVD+R, DVD+R DL or DVD+RW logo. Buying media with the +RW logo gives the consumer confidence that this media is tested and suited for reliable recording of all their precious data, photos and video materials. Philips presented the expansion of the verification laboratories to over 200 Taiwanese disc manufacturers and other industry representatives this month at the DVD+RW Alliance Seminar in Taipei on June 4th. More information can be found at www.licensing.philips.com. Consumers can also check whether a specific media manufacturer is certified on the Philips Licensing website www.licensing.philips.com/services/db/midcodes.html The DVD+RW Alliance is leading in innovation with new standards like 16x DVD+R recording and high capacity media with 8.5 GB DVD+R DL (double layer). The three Verification Centers will accelerate the introduction of new DVD+R, DVD+R DL and DVD+RW media and support the proliferation of the DVD+R/+RW format in the market as the DVD writing standard of choice. About DVD+R/+RW The DVD+R/+RW format is capable of recording up to 8.5 gigabytes of digital video, images or data. This equates to the storage capacity of seven CD-R/RW discs and the potential to store thousands of digital photographs or approximately four hours of digital video in DVD quality. The primary benefits of DVD+R/+RW include its functionality, simplicity and two-way compatibility, meaning that DVD+R and DVD+RW media can be played in most DVD video players and DVD-ROM drives in use today. About The DVD+RW Alliance The DVD+RW Alliance is a voluntary group of industry-leading personal computing manufacturers, optical storage and electronics manufacturers including Dell, HP, MCC/Verbatim, Philips Electronics, Ricoh Company Ltd., Sony Corporation, Thomson and Yamaha Corporation. The companies promote the universally compatible, rewritable DVD+R/+RW format that enables true convergence between personal computing and consumer electronics products. DVD+R and DVD+RW discs written on DVD+R/+RW recorder can be read and played in most DVD video players and DVD-ROM drives. More than 70 additional companies have formally pledged support for DVD+R/+RW technology. Further details about the DVD+RW Alliance and supporting companies can be found at http://www.dvdrw.com/.
SOURCE DVD+RW Alliance