Verbatim is working closely with the verification authorities and expects to begin manufacturing certified 1-16X DVD+R media shortly after specifications are released later this month. Sample 16X media has already been provided to five of the leading burner manufacturers that are tuning their drives to Verbatim's high-performance media.The key component in achieving 16X speed DVD+R media that delivers optimum performance, superior quality and the broadest compatibility is the discs' proprietary Advanced AZO+ recording layer technology developed by Verbatim's parent company, Mitsubishi Kagaku Media (MKM). By using the proven dye technology - already incorporated into its 8X DVD+R media - as the platform for the new, more sensitive Advanced AZO technology, MKM engineers have not only achieved 16X +R write speed, but they have also ensured that the new media will maintain backward compatibility with existing DVD recorders and 1-8X DVD+R burners.The patented AZO dye features excellent thermal and optical properties for a wider power margin and increased sensitivity to laser light for high-speed recording. Reliability is enhanced by controlling the heat interference between recording marks, which reduces degradation of the recording marks. This minimizes the jitter and enables superior recording characteristics across the entire range of available recording speeds, from 1X through 16X. In addition, the high-speed Verbatim media will be produced using advanced precision moulding technology that ensures a consistently flat disc surface.