DigiTimes has recently published an article claiming
that a Taiwanese manufacturer has
been selected to produce an internal HD DVD drive for an upcoming XBOX 360
revision. The report does not indicate which manufacture is responsible for
The major Taiwanese optical storage manufacturers include Lite-on, Quanta and
ASUS -- any of which would be likely to build an HD DVD drive for
Microsoft. However, with ASUS manufacturing the majority of the
components for the Playstation 3, it would seem more probable that Quanta or Lite-on
is the manufacturer for such a drive, if it exists.
Toshiba is currently the OEM responsible for manufacturing the external XBOX
360 HD DVD drive to be announced later this year. Toshiba currently uses Lite-on
as a major OEM for HD DVD drives, so it would not be too farfetched to expect Lite-on
is responsible for any upcoming HD DVD manufacturing at Microsoft.
Sony's Playstation 3 will launch on November 11, 2006 (in
Japan) with a Blu-ray drive as part of the standard features on both the
low-end and high-end models. The launch date for the external XBOX 360 HD
DVD drive has not been announced yet either. The DigiTimes report
claims the launch of the internal HD DVD drive is around Q1'07.