Demand for PC-use BD drives to take off from slim-type models, says PLDS

  • The global demand for PC-use Blu-ray Disc (BD) drives has not yet emerged, but it will take off from slim-type models for use in notebook PCs rather than half-height (H/H) models for use in desktop PCs, according to general manager Charlie Tseng for Optical Disc Drive Business Unit of Philips & Lite-On Digital Solutions (PLDS, a joint venture between Philips and Lite-On IT). As desktop PCs sell at $299-399 while notebook PCs are worth much more at US$1,200-1,500, the proportion of the former's total production for H/H BD drives is much larger than that of the latter's for slim-type BD drives, Tseng indicated.

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