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  • Mustek, Delta to Team Up to Make DVD Pickup Heads
  • October 9, 1998 (TAIPEI) -- Mustek Systems Inc., a producer of scanners, will put up 60 percent of the equity in a new company to cooperate with the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) to produce DVD pickup heads, and Delta Electronics Inc. will invest 20 percent.
    Another technology company will invest the remaining 20 percent.

    Local optoelectronics companies had relied heavily on Japanese partners for their supply of pickup heads for the production of DVD drives. However, ITRI developed production technology for DVD pickup heads, and the technology is expected to boost the competitiveness of Taiwan's manufacturers.

    The new company to be set up by Mustek Systems will begin mass production within a year. It will make 6X DVD pickup heads.

    While Taiwan has for several years been the world's largest manufacturer of CD-ROM drives, it has relied heavily on Japanese companies for almost all of the key components, including the pickup heads. The acquisition of technology for DVD pickup heads will help Taiwan-based manufacturers compete against industry leaders.

    Related story: Taiwan Companies to Produce DVD Pick-Up Heads

    (Commercial Times, Taiwan)

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    Updated: Thu Oct 8 15:04:59 1998 PDT