HDD DVD recorder prices still high due to lack of supply of key components

Production costs for HDD (hard disk drive) DVD recorders remain high and difficult to drop due to few back-end LSI (large scale integration) ICs and no locally produced HDDs for leading Taiwanese makers, according to local industry sources.

In a typical 160 GByte HDD DVD recorder, the HDD components and LSI ICs account for 30 percent and 10 percent, respectively, of the production price while loaders and pick-up heads take up another 20 percent, the sources pointed out.

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