Taiwanese makers are dropping CD-RW/DVD combo drives

Many of Taiwan?s optical disc drive manufacturers, in light of increasing OEM orders for DVD burners, plan to gradually decrease OEM production of combo drive models. According to Taiwanese makers, the OEM price level of combo drives has dropped from US$70-80 per unit in Q1 2003 to US$40-45 currently. The OEM prices of DVD burners have slipped from US$170-180 to about US$100 in the same period. As the price difference has fallen from US$100 to US$55-60, global demand for DVD burners has grown faster than for combo drives. Many Taiwanese makers are willing to allocate more capacity to DVD burners by reducing combo drive output.

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