DVD+RW Alliance Welcomes Opening of Two New Disc Verification Labs in Japan

Jun 14, 2004, 01:00 ET from DVD+RW Alliance

    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
     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
     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
     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