Blu-ray Disc drive prices may not fall as quickly as expected, say Taiwan makers

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Blu-ray Disc drive prices may not fall as quickly as expected, say Taiwan makers

Although international vendors of desktop and notebook PCs, in their road maps of product development to promote Blu-ray Disc (BD), expect ODM/OEM makers to gradually reduce their quotes for BD drives, sources in Taiwan’s optical disc drive industry indicated that increased costs for pick-up heads (PUHs) and other components may render the expectations practically impossible. PC vendors are forecasting a price drop of 7-10% a quarter, with the price level for the fourth quarter of 2008 expected to be 30% lower than current prices, the sources noted.

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