Ritek, CMC Magnetics and Prodisc Technology have started or will
soon start production of 8x DVD+R/-R discs, according to the
The companies have been poised for volume production of 8x
DVD+R/-R discs for some time, but 8x DVD+R/-R burners only became
available late last month. Ritek and CMC Magnetics have just
commenced production of 8x DVD+R/-R discs in small volumes and
Prodisc will do so later this month.
The three makers currently focus on production of 4x DVD+R/-R
discs. This month, Ritek, CMC Magnetics and Prodisc estimate that
their shipments of 8x models will account for nearly 10%, 10-20%
and up to 30%, respectively, of their total delivery volumes of
The three companies quote 8x DVD+R/-R discs at US$1.20-1.30. In
anticipation of fast growing demand in the first quarter of 2004,
the companies plan to raise their prices. However, the success of
any price hike will depend on sales during the traditional peak
period prior to Christmas, CMC Magnetics said.