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Taiwanese get Sony order for portable DVD players

CyberHome Entertainment (formerly Protop Innotech) has received OEM orders for portable DVD players from Sony, with shipments to begin early next quarter, according to the company.

Leading local makers of consumer optical disc drives, including Lite-On IT, BenQ, Quanta Storage, and Mustek System, were also interested in producing portable DVD players for Sony. Probably because CyberHome’s own-brand portable DVD players has sold well in the US and Europe, the company won the orders from Sony, the sources indicated.

CyberHome delivered an average of 200,000 portable DVD players, including loaders (semi-finished products consisting of pick-up heads and ICs), a month last year. With orders from Sony and other new clients, CyberHome expects its monthly shipment volume to reach 500,000, the company noted.

According to the industry sources, OEM prices for portable DVD players with a seven-inch LCD screen currently stand at US$120-130 and may drop to as low as US$100 this year due to intense competition and decreasing costs for LCD panels. (Source: DigiTimes)

Story filed 17.01.06

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