Sony DADC has 13 production facilities worldwide, and has begun producing discs at plants in Terre Haute. Ind., and Pitman, N.J. DADC’ s three replication lines have a total capacity of 750,000 single-layer 25 Gbyte BD-ROM discs per month.
The company will expand capacity to 5 million discs per month by October, with six of the additional lines to be capable of manufacturing 50 GB dual-layer BD-ROM discs.
BD players are about to hit the market. Samsung Electronics will be first with its BDP-1000 player June 25, followed in July by Sony with its BDP-S1 player. Panasonic will unveil a player in September.
Sony will equip its long-awaited Playstation 3 with a built-in BD player in November, expecting global shipments to reach 6 million units by next March.
In April 2005, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. built a pilot replication line at BD Relication Task Force (BDRT), located at Panasonic Disc Manufacturing Corp. of America (Torrance, Calif.), to establish production technology for BD-ROM discs.