Lite-On reportedly lands Xbox 360 drive deal

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According to a report by DigiTimes, Lite-On has secured OEM orders for DVD-ROM drives to be built into Microsoft Xbox 360 consoles, becoming the secondary OEM maker of the built-in DVD-ROM drive after Korean corporation Toshiba Samsung Storage Technology (TSST).

The built-in DVD-ROM drives for the Xbox 360 have been produced by two OEM makers, Toshiba-Samsung Storage Technology (TSST) and BenQ, the sources indicated. Lite-On IT took over BenQ's optical disc drive business unit in mid-2006 but did not take over the OEM manufacturing rights for Xbox 360 because it was required to obtain new certification from Microsoft, the sources pointed out.
Lite-On will begin monthly shipments of 0.8 to 1 million units starting in the third quarter of 2007, to comply with Microsoft’s sales goal of 15 million Xbox 360 consoles sold this year.

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