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Sony Sets Stage For Coming BD players

Preparing for a slew of upcoming BD-ROM players, Sony Corp.'s DADC group has starting replicating Blu-ray Disc format discs for packaged software titles of movies, games and data.
TOKYO — Preparing for a slew of upcoming BD-ROM players, Sony Corp.’s DADC group has starting replicating Blu-ray Disc format discs for packaged software titles of movies, games and data.

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.

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