In view of emerging OEM and ODM orders for 20x DVD
burners, drive makers are preparing to start volume
production in the second quarter of 2007.
Reporting from Taiwan, Digitimes.com indicates that the
20x burners stand a good chance of replacing 16x to become
the mainstream writing speed of DVD burners in the fourth
quarter of 2007. Currently, both major PC manufacturers HP
and Dell evaluating the feasibility of adopting
half-height 20x DVD burners.
Lite-On IT and BenQ have started volume production of 20x
DVD burners in late 2006, while Hitachi-LG Data Storage
(HLDS) and Toshiba-Samsung Storage Technology (TSST) began
production of 18x DVD burners at the same time. However,
the increased demand for 20x burners may also lead HLDS,
TSST and Pioneer to start volume production in the second
quarter of 2007, according to the Taiwanese web-site.