Sony NEC Optiarc aims to be largest supplier of optical disc devices by end of 2007

  • Sony NEC Optiarc, a joint venture between Sony (55% stake) and NEC (45% stake), has begun shipments of optical disc drives (ODDs) for use in IT products and game consoles as well as audio/video optical disc devices, and expects to become the world's largest supplier for such products by the end of 2007, according to the Kyotaro Imamura, general manager of the Computer Peripherals & Optical Media Devices Division of Sony Taiwan.

    Sony NEC Optiarc, which began operations in April of this year, can offer total solutions which include Sony's optical pick-up heads and NEC's DSP (digital signal processor) chipsets as well as economical OEM/ODM production by Taiwan-based partners, Imamura pointed out.

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