About half of BTC’s recordable DVD drive shipments will be sold in relatively small volumes under various brands, 30% will be for OEM orders and the remainder will be own-brand products, Su said.
BTC’s DVD drives adopt chip sets provided by MediaTek and pick-up heads (PUHs) made by Hitachi. Currently, the company’s contract manufacturing prices for recordable DVD drives are at US$150-180, Su said.
As prices for PUHs offered by Hitachi have recently increased to between US$19 and US$20 from about US$15 earlier, contract prices for recordable DVD drives should not plunge in the near future, Su said. But the prices may drop to below US$100 in the fourth quarter after the short supply of laser diodes (LDs), a key component for PUHs, is alleviated, he added.