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  • Taiwan Companies to Produce DVD Pick-Up Heads
  • October 8, 1998 (TAIPEI) -- Many Taiwan-based companies have indicated interest in obtaining DVD pick-up head know-how from the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) and some have received such technology transfers.
    The institute's formal technology transfer program for DVD pick-up heads is expected to be unveiled soon.

    Taiwan's production of DVD pick-up heads, DVD-ROMs and related components will reach about NT$100 billion (US$3 billion) in 2000, according to some projections.

    The institute has developed five models of pick-up heads. Various makers of CD-ROM products, venture capital companies and component manufacturers have shown interest in those technologies.

    Asustek Computer Inc., Behavior Tech Computer Corp., Delta Electronics Inc., Umax Data Systems Inc., Matsushita Electric (Taiwan) Co. Ltd. and Ultima Electronics Corp. have already obtained technology transfers from ITRI.

    Taiwan's optical disc drive production reached NT$35.4 billion in 1997, according to the institute's statistics.

    Taiwan-based companies sold about 16 million CD-ROM drives last year, accounting for 26 percent of the global market.

    Local companies expect that the DVD-ROM market will enjoy significant growth in 1999. Thus many companies are rushing to prepare for manufacturing of related products.

    (Commercial Times, Taiwan)

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    Updated: Wed Oct 7 18:05:03 1998 PDT