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More details on Blu-ray delays - optical drive component shortage

Matt Burns

We reported a few months ago that Sony did not think that they could keep up with the Blu-ray demand. That seems apparent now as everyone but Samsung pushed back th launch of their Blu-ray players. The issue seems to be stemming from a tight supply of a key component of the optical drive. Manufacturers are experiencing low yields because of some type of technical issue. There are only two suppliers, Sony and Nichia, and Sony is hording a good amount of 'em for the PS3. This key component is not only for players, but also recorders. This tight supply is not excepted to get better till sometime in September.

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