Contract manufacturing prices for 4x recordable DVD+RW drives
have declined by 9-10% since the beginning of the fourth quarter
after declining 30-40% over the previous two quarters, according
Taiwanese makers are now quoting 4x DVD+RW drives at below
US$100, compared with US$100-110 in the third quarter and
US$130-150 in the second quarter, the sources said.
The retail prices for 4x DVD+RW drives have also dropped
drastically in the local market, to below NT$3,000 (about US$88)
in November from around NT$6,900-7,500 (US$202-220) at the
beginning of the second half.
The falling prices were widely expected as DVD-Dual drives have
become mainstream and as many Taiwanese companies began
delivering the more advanced 8x DVD+RW drives, said the sources.
The world’s leading makers, including Sony, NEC, Hitachi-LG Data
Storage (HLDS) and Pioneer, are now focusing on production of
DVD-Dual drives, said the sources.
Japan-based Pioneer, formerly focused on DVD+RW drives, has
decided to shift the bulk of its production to DVD-Dual models
following the completion of the second phase of an expansion
project at its plant in Dongguan, Guangdong Province (China) this
month, according to the sources.