According to an article at DigiTimes, Lite-On expects the global demand for DVD burners to hit 120 million this year.
Global demand for DVD burners, thanks to continued drops in prices, will rise to 120 million units this year, growing by 50% from 2005, according to general manager Michael Gong for the Optical Disc Drive Business Unit of Lite-On IT.

Part of the increased demand in 2006 is due to replacement of Combo drives (CD-RW plus DVD-ROM) with DVD burners because the price gap between the two have narrowed, Gong pointed out. Super Multi (triple standards) may supersede Dual modes as the mainstream type of DVD burners this year, Gong indicated.
If you want to read the entire article, head on over to DigiTimes. Add a comment
If you're heading out to Vegas for CES this week, make sure you stop by Nero's booth as they will be demonstrating their new technologies and software.
Nero, leaders in digital media technology, will take the stage in Vegas to expose their hottest products and technologies for 2006: Nero 7, Nero SIPPS(TM) Connect, Nero PhotoShow Deluxe 4, and Nero Digital(TM), along with HD delivery supporting Blu-ray and HD DVD...

...And finally, Nero will demonstrate their MPEG-4 standards-compliant Nero Digital(TM), harnessing the highest standards available in audio and video compression while delivering tomorrow's high-definition multimedia, including the Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD formats. All HD technologies are definitely not created equal, and Nero will show why its implementation of these technologies will lead the pack of HD solutions.
If you'd like to read more about Nero's new technologies and software, their entire press release can be found here. Add a comment
The guys at CD Freaks have taken a look at ASUS's new 16x DVD±RW, the DRW-1608P2. Here's what they had to say about this Pioneer DVR-110D based drive:
The ASUS DRW-1608P2, which is based on Pioneer DVR-110D, is one of the world's first burners to support 8x write speed on DVD-R DL media. The drive also supports 8x write speed on DVD+R DL media with very good results. The write time to complete the Dual/Double Layer burn is also pretty fast.
We too have a review of the DRW-1608P2 in the works. In the mean time, head on over to CD Freaks and check out their review. Add a comment
Broadcom has announced that they've developed a High-Definition decoder chip for set-top boxes. With support for H.264 and VC-1, the chip is compliant with both the HD DVD and Blu-ray formats.
Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM - News), a global leader in wired and wireless broadband communications semiconductors, today announced the industry's first high definition (HD) audio/video decoder chip that is fully compliant with the emerging Blu-ray(TM) and HD DVD(TM) optical disc formats. Compliance with Blu-ray and HD DVD formats permits the recording and playback of high definition video on blue laser-based optical disc media and drives. Broadcom's latest high definition decoder chip enables a new generation of consumer electronics devices that can decode compressed HD video stored on Blu-ray or HD DVD formatted discs.
If you'd like to read more, Broadcom's entire press release can be found here. Add a comment
DigiTimes has reported that CMC and Ritek are trying to raise funds so that they can buy manufacturing equipment for Blu-ray and HD-DVD discs.
CMC Magnetics and Ritek, the top two makers of optical discs in Taiwan, will each float unsecured ECBs (euro convertible bonds) worth US$200 million in order to procure manufacturing equipment for Blu-ray and/or HD-DVD discs, while also bolstering their finances, according to the two companies.
The article also mentions that Optodisc and Prodisc are trying to raise additional funds by offering new shares to target investors. If you'd like to read more, head on over to DigiTimes. Add a comment

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