Singulus received orders for 21 machines for dual-layer Blu-ray
media in the first quarter and claims that Blu-ray is being
adopted faster than its predecessor, DVD, 11 years ago.
"This means that the orders for Blu-ray in the first year of
the dual layer technology already by far exceeded the volume at
the start of the DVD eleven years ago with 17 machines," Chief
Financial Officer Stefan Baustert said.
The German optical disc equipment maker added in a statement
that it had received additional orders for Blu-ray dual-layer
machines this quarter and said a key U.S. customer had accepted
one of the machines for the first time.
The adoption of Blu-ray was for years held up by a format war
with rival technology HD-DVD, but a decision by Hollywood
studio Warner Bros. early this year to support Blu-ray
exclusively effectively decided the issue.