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July 16, 2010

AQUOS Blu-ray Disc Recorders to Feature
Disc Drives that Support BDXL™

Support Recording and Playback of New Triple- and Quadruple-Layer Blu-ray Discs,
a World First*2
Provide 2x/2.5x More Recording Time*3 than Previous Models

Sharp Corporation will introduce into the Japanese market two new models of AQUOS Blu-ray Disc recorders featuring a disc drive that supports the new BDXL™ format for Blu-ray Discs and that enables recording and playback of triple- and quadruple-layer Blu-ray Discs, a world first*2. The new BD-HDW700/BD-HDW70 Blu-ray Disc Recorders will be available in Japan beginning July 30, 2010.

BDXL™ is a new format for multi-layer recordable Blu-ray Discs that expands the recordable storage capacity available on a single disc. The BDXL™ format allows for additional recording layers beyond the current dual-layer format (with up to 50GB in storage capacity) to provide triple-layer discs (100GB) and quadruple-layer discs (128GB).

This disc drive is the first in the world to support recording and playback of BDXL™ conformant media and was developed by Pioneer Digital Design and Manufacturing Corporation*4 (based in Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan; hereinafter: PDDM), a joint venture of Sharp and Pioneer Corporation in the optical disc business. Its development is the product of a fusion and evolution of optical disc technologies, specifically, optical pick-up head and disc drive technologies that the two companies have nurtured over long years of involvement in this field.

Sharp will make maximum use of the basic technologies developed by PDDM related to optical discs, and through BDXL conformant Blu-ray Disc recorders and Blu-ray Disc media products, will lead the way at the dawn of this new era of super-large-capacity storage that will enable video recording with high image quality and for long durations.

*1 Specification defined by the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) for high-capacity Blu-ray Discs.
*2 As of July 16, 2010, for Blu-ray Disc recorders that support the BDXL™ format.
*3 A guide for comparison of the recording time when recording on a dual-layer Blu-ray Disc (50GB) versus a triple-layer Blu-ray Disc (100GB)/quadruple-layer Blu-ray Disc (128GB) with the recording done under identical conditions. Recording times may vary depending on the recorded video content and other factors.
*4 Company name: Pioneer Digital Design and Manufacturing Corporation
Established: June 29, 2009 (start of joint venture operations: November 11, 2009)
Headquarters: Shin-ogura, Saiwai-ku, Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan (on the premises of the Kawasaki Plant of Pioneer Corporation)
Capital: 100 million yen (stock: Pioneer Corporation: 66%; Sharp Corporation: 34%)
Representatives: Toshihiko Kurihara, President; Mamoru Oda, Vice President
Number of employees: Approximately 390
Business activities: Development, design, production, and sale of optical disc-related products and components
(As of July 16, 2010)

For AQUOS Blu-ray Disc Recorders (BD-HDW700/70) with disc drives that support BDXL™, see this page.

The following information is true and accurate at the time of publication. Manufacture, sale, price and specifications of products may be subject to change.

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