U.S.-based Millenniata (www.mdisc.com)
today announced it will offer Blu-ray M-DISCs in the second quarter of
2013, increasing both the storage capacity and the accessibility of the
The announcement, made at the Storage Visions Conference in Las Vegas,
marks a major step forward in permanent data storage solutions for
businesses and consumers by making the M-DISC available in all the
standard optical disc formats.
The other major advance in the growing world-wide acceptance of the
M-DISC DVD and the forthcoming Blu-ray M-DISC is the marketing and
distribution partnership with Imation Corp. announced at the Storage
Visions Conference by Millenniata. Millenniata and Imation, the leading
world-wide distributor of data storage products, have agreed to co-brand
and distribute both the M-DISC and Blu-ray M-DISC under Imation’s TDK,
Memorex and Imation brands.
RITEK Corporation, the leading manufacturer of optical storage media in
the world, will produce the new Blu-ray M-DISC as part of its
manufacturing agreement with Millenniata. In addition, RITEK has signed
a license agreement with Millenniata to distribute and co-brand both the
DVD and Blu-ray M-DISCs through its established distribution and
reseller channels as a secondary distribution channel for the M-DISC
products behind Imation.
The new Blu-ray M-DISCs will be writable and readable on any Blu-ray
combo drive – an enormous step for Millenniata and the convenience of
this permanent storage technology. The Blu-ray M-DISCs will also offer
at least five times the amount of storage as the standard 4.7GB M-DISC.
“This is very exciting news for us and the entire permanent data storage
industry,” said Paul Brockbank, Millenniata president and CEO. “The new
Blu-ray M-DISCs will not only open the doors to more storage space, but
also allow users to employ our optical discs with virtually any Blu-ray
Millenniata produces the M-DISC™, which provides data loss prevention by
laser etching data (files, photos, videos, etc.) into an inorganic
rock-like material that is not available from any other recordable media.
A recent study performed by the U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons
Division at China Lake, Calif. tested five brands of archival-quality
DVD discs, including the Millenniata M-DISC for data longevity and
reliability. The test found that M-DISC was the only solution that
suffered no degradation or data loss under the harsh testing
environments. All other discs tested failed.
Currently, only M-DISC compatible drives can write to the DVD version of
M-DISC, but it can be read in any DVD drive. Millenniata partner LG
Electronics offers an affordable M-Ready optical drive for customers who
want the peace of mind of having their important information stored
Additionally, Acer, Inc. is now offering a permanent storage solution to
its global customers with the integration of M-DISC compatible Hitachi
LG Data Storage (HLDS) DVD and Blu-ray optical drives in Acer computers.
The M-DISC Ready drives are available on the recently launched M series
of notebooks under Acer’s Aspire range. Hitachi-LG Data Storage, Inc.
(HLDS) manufactures the M-DISC compatible drives in partnership with
Millenniata has become the standard in permanent data storage, creating
partnerships with industry leaders Hitachi-LG Data Storage (HLDS), Acer
and RITEK. Millenniata’s patented technology, including the M-DISC™ and
M-DISC compatible drives, are the world’s first truly permanent digital
storage solution. The M-DISC is the first backward compatible non-dye
based DVD optical technology constructed of inorganic materials that are
known to last centuries. This combination allows information to be
written once and read over time. For more information, visit www.m-disc.com.