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Old 12-09-2005, 08:46 AM - Thread Starter
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And so it begins......

from http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/st...4228046&EDATE=

New Dual-Layer Spin Coat Technology Doubles Disc Capacity

TORRANCE, Calif., Dec. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Panasonic has modified
its existing pilot production line for single-layer Blu-ray Discs, called
BD-ROM, so that it is able to replicate dual-layer BD-ROM discs with 50
gigabytes (GB) of storage capacity. The new pilot replication line is housed
within the Panasonic Disc Manufacturing Corporation of America, which is
located here in Torrance, Calif. Single-layer Blu-ray Discs have 25 GB of
storage capacity for holding video and other data, while current DVD discs
have 8.5 GB of storage at most.
The doubling of BD-ROM disc storage capacity is enabled by spin coating
technologies developed by Panasonic that create two recorded layers on a
single side of a Blu-ray Disc. In the process, readily available inexpensive
UV curable resins are used in the creation of the space layer, cover layer and
hard-coat, resulting in a reduction in disc replication costs. Video and other
data is then embedded in the layers for playback later using a blue
laser-equipped Blu-ray Disc player, recorder or BD-ROM drive-equipped PC.
The Torrance pilot production line is able to produce dual-layer BD-ROM
discs with the attachment of a dual-layer replication line module to the
existing single-layer line. Single-layer BD-ROM discs are currently being
produced on the pilot line with more than 80% yield rates. Panasonic expects
to provide sample dual-layer BD-ROM discs to the industry for testing by the
end of this month.
"Working closely with the movie studios and our replication partners,
Panasonic was able to foresee the need for greater disc capacity to give
consumers a much richer user experience," said Eisuke Tsuyuzaki, director of
Strategy & Alliances, Panasonic Hollywood Lab.
Panasonic expects to highlight the new replication process for dual-layer
BD-ROM discs at the Blu-ray Disc Association's booth (#9444, Main Hall, Las
Vegas Convention Center) during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas,
January 5-8, 2006.
The additional capacity will allow movies and other High Definition video
titles to be stored, along with value-added features, on a single Blu-ray
Disc. The BD-ROM format is expected to succeed DVDs as the preferred medium
for High Definition movies and other packaged entertainment content for the
home as the nation moves from analog TV to digital and High Definition
Television.

About Panasonic
Best known by its Panasonic brand name, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co.,
Ltd. is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of electronic
products for a wide range of consumer, business, and industrial needs. Based
in Osaka, Japan, the company recorded consolidated net sales of $81.44 billion
for the year ended March 31, 2005. The company's shares are listed on the
Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, New York (NYSE: MC), Euronext Amsterdam and Frankfurt
stock exchanges. For more information on the company and the Panasonic brand,
visit the company's website at http://www.panasonic.com.



SOURCE Panasonic
Web Site: http://www.panasonic.com
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I find this hard to believe, and in fact technically impossible.

I meant manufacturing anything in Torrance, not the part about the discs. Its one of the worst places in LA. :)

I want HDTV 'cause I'm nearsighted !
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I find this hard to believe, and in fact technically impossible.

I meant manufacturing anything in Torrance, not the part about the discs. Its one of the worst places in LA. :)
Are you suggesting they move their operations to Beverly Hills?
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I find this hard to believe, and in fact technically impossible.

I meant manufacturing anything in Torrance, not the part about the discs. Its one of the worst places in LA. :)

:rolleyes:

If your comparison is to Manhatten Beach, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, and *Torrance*... then I would agree.

If it included South Central, Compton, Inglewood, Watts, Downtown LA, Lynnwood, Poicoma, Paramount, Florence, East LA, the list could go on .... well, Torrance would be like "Beverly Hills".

Do you normally speak of things you know nothing about - or is it just limited to this forum? :)
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can't a guy make a freaking joke?
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