|Kurzezusammefassung : 70 % der verkauften DVD-9 Linie sind in der Lage HD-DVD zu produzieren, MouldPro kann Substrate mit einer Dicke von 0,2 bis 1,5 mm produzieren , Zykluszeit 2 Sec … Bleibt die Frage was man mit 0,2 mm machen soll ?? Blueray benötigt einen Layer von 0,1 mm !! Was ist mit HD-DVD Substraten ??
Blu-ray developments on show at Singulus
One to One, along with over 140 customers and partners of Singulus Technologies attended a two-day in-house exhibition at the company’s headquarters in Kahl am Main, Germany, last month. Visitors were shown product demonstrations of new Singulus machines, and enjoyed a varied seminar programme given by international experts.
The event’s focus was primarily on high definition, particularly Blu-ray. The Blu-line, the first commercial inline replication system for Blu-ray Discs worldwide, was launched. All production steps are included in the Blu-line, from moulding, sputtering, lacquering/bonding and UV curing to hard coating and testing. Both film coating and spin coating options are available for the BD cover layer. Pilot BD production is taking place on Blu-lines with five major US customers in the US.
The new MoldPro moulding machine was also introduced at the exhibition. This uses a multi-format mould which can change between production of CD, DVD or even Blu-ray Discs with just a change of stamper - reducing the changeover time between formats from around half a day to about ten minutes, said Joachim Stiller, president of Singulus Molding. Substrates between 0.2 and 1.5mm can be produced.
A fully electric 8-axis machine, each of its three tie bars has its own servo motor which, in conjunction with high precision roller gears, gives controllability over thickness and parallelism less than one micron, compared with 200 microns for a conventional toggle clamp system, he said.
The MoldPro has been beta-tested for three months at Cinram in Germany. Cinram’s
Antonio Cerrato told the audience that he felt that the MoldPro was “one or two steps ahead” of competitor products. The machine had achieved his target of a cycle time under 2 seconds, he said.
Singulus’ latest developments in the field of mastering were also presented. Dr Eric Meinders from Philips spoke about the two companies’ joint development in mastering Blu-ray Disc ROM. The team is close to finalising a phase transition mastering (PTM) process for blue-laser discs that uses blue laser light, as opposed to the UV laser used in its 266 laser-beam recorder. Because it is the same type of blue laser as in next-generation players, LBRs using this technology will be much cheaper to produce.
The event, which was attended by visitors from 25 countries, including the USA, Asia and Africa, enabled Singulus to detail its future strategy following its acquisition of Steag HamaTech and introduce its new international sales force. CEO Roland Lacher said: “The acquisition forms the basis to continue our technologic and market leadership in all third-generation optical disc formats.” It was also the first occasion on which Steag’s Taurus DVDR replication line was presented at Kahl with Singulus Emould all-electric moulding machines.
Singulus’ senior management declared themselves very happy with the event. “We’ve had very positive feedback,” said Klaus Hammen, vice-president of marketing and sales, “and you can see the mood of the customers.”
Despite the event’s focus on Blu-ray, Hammen reaffirmed Singulus’ commitment to HD DVD: “We’re producing high-definition discs in both formats, both on the Emould and the MoldPro. It’s just that the ‘reveal’ of the Blu-line and the MoldPro are new for us. HD DVD for us is a given, basically - I’d say more than 70% of the lines sold for DVD-9 are HD ready.”
Other speakers at the event included Niki Katsumata of Sony, who gave an update on the Blu-ray Disc format and its expected launch in May. A key factor in the success of BD will be HDTV: Dieter Höhler of Thomson told the audience that he expected prices for high-resolution LCD and plasma TVs to fall next year, driving market penetration. This summer’s FIFA World Cup (which takes place in Germany) will be transmitted in high definition. As Höhler pointed out, past championships were instrumental in increasing the uptake of radios and colour TV sets.
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@hkpb : mach es wie Lacher ...