PANASONIC STARTS PILOT PRODUCTION OF 50-GIGABYTE BLU-RAY DISCS

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    PANASONIC STARTS PILOT PRODUCTION OF 50-GIGABYTE
    BLU-RAY DISCS IN TORRANCE, CALIFORNIA

    New Dual-Layer Spin Coat Technology Doubles Disc Capacity

    Torrance, CA (December 5, 2005) — 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.






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