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Appeared on: Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Lite-On IT Receives Toshiba Orders for HD-DVD Burners

Lite-On has received orders from Toshiba for half-height (H/H) HD DVD burners, according to sources at components suppliers.

Toshiba is releasing the H/H models to Lite-On IT in order to focus its own production on slim-type HD-DVD burners in the face of strong competition from the Blu-ray Disc (BD) camp.

Lite-On IT last week announced that it is developing H/H HD DVD burners, with volume production to start in March 2007. But Lite-On IT maintains close business relations with Sony, a key member of the BD camp, and it is also a manufacturer for Philips, also a key BD member.

The sources pointed out that Hewlett Packard and other major PC firms are expected to launch PCs equipped with HD-DVD burners in September 2006, with Toshiba being their chief supplier for the ODDs.

Lite-On IT also stands a chance of receiving orders from Microsoft for add-on HD-DVD drives for Xbox 360 game consoles, and shipments may start in the first quarter of next year, the sources indicated.


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