TDK has announced the introduction of its Armor Plated DVD discs, premium quality recordable DVD media that incorporate next-generation hard-coating technologies to achieve unprecedented durability. According to TDK, the new Armor Plated discs provide 100 times greater resistance than "standard" media to damage from everyday use such as scratches, dirt, fingerprints, and other contaminants. The Armor Plated coating is also anti-static, which repels dust accumulation. Because the TDK Armor Plated treatment protects the recording layer, it can prevent write/read errors, jitter, or even dropouts in recording and playback, TDK says. And TDK adds that its Armor Plated DVD discs carry only a small price premium compared to standard recordable DVD media. The full line of TDK Armor Plated DVD discs will be available in the first quarter of 2003 with an estimated street price TBA.