Imation Joins Growing Crowd of Blu-ray Disc Media Makers

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2006-07-13 Print this article Print

The company, the 14th media maker to begin producing the high-definition disks, will begin distributing dual-layer disks in the fall.

Imation announced on July 13 that it is making its new Blu-ray media disks available to major IT and data storage channel partners. The announcement came at Imations "Blue Technology" conference at its headquarters in Oakdale, Minn. Imation becomes the 14th media manufacturer to begin producing disks in the Blu-ray Disc format. The others are Fuji Photo Film, JVC Americas, LG Electronics, Hitachi Maxell, Memorex Products, Optodisc, Panasonic Corp. of North America, Koninklijke Philips Electronics, Ricoh, Ritek, Sony Electronics, TDK and Verbatim. Blu-ray, also known as BD (Blu-ray Disc), is a next-generation optical disk format jointly developed by the BDA (Blu-ray Disc Association), a group of consumer electronics, personal computer and media manufacturers that includes Apple, Dell, Hitachi, Hewlett-Packard, JVC, LG, Mitsubishi Electric, Panasonic, Pioneer Electronics, Philips, Samsung, Sharp Electronics, Sony, TDK and Thomson.
The format was developed to allow recording, rewriting and playback of HD (high-definition) video, as well as the storing of large amounts of data. The format offers more than five times the storage capacity of traditional DVDs and can hold up to 25GB on a single-layer disk and 50GB on a dual-layer disk.
Blu-ray is currently supported by more than 170 of the worlds consumer electronics, personal computer, recording media, video game and music companies, according to the BDA. Click here to read an eWEEK Labs review of the Samsung BD-P1000 DVD player. The format also has broad support from the major movie studios as a successor to todays DVD format. Seven of the eight major movie studios have already announced titles that will appear in the Blu-ray format, including Warner Bros. Entertainment, Paramount Pictures, Fox, Disney, Sony, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Lions Gate Entertainment. BD-R and BD-RE, Imations first high-definition recordable media offerings, provide high-quality, "single-session" optical backup. They are aimed at organizations of all sizes with high-capacity data storage needs, a company spokesperson said. Blu-ray disks also allow for recording of high-definition television and video content. Imation said it will also manufacture double-layer Blu-ray media later in 2006, delivering 50GB of capacity on a single disk—10 times the capacity of standard DVD disks. Sun and Imation plan to jointly develop a tape drive platform. Read more here. Individually packaged Imation BD-R (Blu-ray recordable) single-layer (25GB) and (BD-RE) rewritable single-layer (25GB) disks will be available in August for $19.99 and $29.99, respectively, the spokesperson said. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on enterprise and small business storage hardware and software.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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