Blu-ray Disc Combo drives will be the mainstream PC-use BD drive format in 2009 and BD burners will become the mainstream format in 2011, according to Lite-On IT.
Despite the impact of the global financial crisis on demand for PC-use BD drives, global volumes of BD-ROM drives, BD Combo drives and BD burners together increased from 700,000 units in 2007 to 1.7 million units in the first half of 2008, Lite-On IT cited statistics as indicating.
OEM quotes for BD Combo drives stand at US$100-200 currently and will remain at that range in 2009. BD burners are forecast to drop to US$50-100 in 2011, Lite-On IT pointed out.
As for consumer BD, the global demand for BD players will rise from five million units in 2007 to 10 million units in 2008 and further to 22 million units in 2010, Lite-On IT noted.