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  • ITRI Lab to Transfer Key DVD Technology to Taiwan Firms
  • June 10, 1998 (TAIPEI) -- The Optoelectronics and Systems Laboratories of Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) plans to transfer several types of DVD technology to more than 70 local companies in the year ahead.
    The ITRI lab's move is expected to help solve the global shortage of DVD components and end Japanese suppliers' domination of the market .

    Companies enthusiastic about DVD manufacturing, including Lite-on Technology Inc. and Acer Group's Advanced Information Inc., will receive technology transfers from the ITRI lab in the areas of DVD pick-up heads, chip sets, DVD drive motors and DVD-ROM making.

    A ranking official at the ITRI lab pointed out that his lab has successfully manufactured the four components mentioned above, and is now trying to elevate their yield rates. The lab is the only institution in Taiwan that has become a core member of an international forum set up by DVD industry heavyweights such as Toshiba Corp., IBM Corp. and Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.

    A spokesman for a local DVD maker said that while many Taiwan companies are interested in developing in the DVD market, their plans have progressed slowly because most key component technologies are controlled by Japanese manufacturers. The ITRI lab 's technology is highly anticipated by local industry, according to the spokesman.

    It is estimated that optical disc drive output in Taiwan will exceed NT$100 billion in the year 2000. Taiwan manufactured 17.2 million CD-ROM drives last year, ranking second only to Japan and accounting for 23 percent of the global output. The local supply is expected to amount to 34 million, or 36 percent of the global output, in 1998.

    (Commercial Times, Taiwan)

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    Updated: Tue Jun 9 14:20:29 1998