Monday, May 23rd 2016

Toshiba-Samsung Stops Manufacturing Optical Drives

The Toshiba-Samsung consortium TSST (Toshiba-Samsung Storage Technology) has reportedly stopped production of optical drives. TSST manufactured CDRW+DVDR, DVDRW+BDR, and BDRW drives under the Samsung brand. Samsung and Toshiba co-founded TSST in 2004 to manufacture optical drives under the Samsung brand name, and to make unbranded OEM optical drives for use in Toshiba and Samsung branded notebooks.

Samsung had to partner with Toshiba as it held the requisite optical disc technology licenses and patents. LG Electronics similarly partnered with Hitachi, another founding-member of several optical disc standard SIGs, to make up HL-DT (Hitachi-LG Data-Storage Technology), and sell drives under the LG brand. Speaking to KitGuru, a TSST sales manager stated "it's true that TSST(Samsung ODD) stopped production from Mid-April." All is not over for TSST, though. "We will continue the ODD business aggressively to obtain about 50% of market share," and will "release a new ODD to the market," he added.
Source: KitGuru
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6 Comments on Toshiba-Samsung Stops Manufacturing Optical Drives

#1
Xzibit
I think this just means their moving on to Ultra HD Blu-ray
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#2
BlackSun59
I won't miss 'em. The Samsung DVD burners I had barely lasted two years.
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#3
RejZoR
I had one and it died just few days before warranty expired. I got a new one back then and that one is working till this day. Though granted, I hardly burn anything these days (been like this for years actually).
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#4
micropage7
RejZoR said:
I had one and it died just few days before warranty expired. I got a new one back then and that one is working till this day. Though granted, I hardly burn anything these days (been like this for years actually).
yeah me too, but now it just sitting to cover my open 5,25 inch drive bay since the interface is ata
too bad

i still burn something, like software for backup since the old version may work better than the newer one but sometimes its kinda hard to find through net
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#5
natr0n
These days with big hard drives...access dump drive,mount, install, unmount.

My optical drive is the xbox360 hddvd I came across for old disc games.

I don't even use it but its nice to have.
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#6
bencrutz
quote from kitguru:
"We reached out to Liteon to try and confirm this news, speaking with sales manager Mike Huang. He told us that “it’s true that TSST(Samsung ODD) stopped production from Mid-April.” He also claimed that counter to our tip’s idea that only LG would remain competitive, Liteon had received massive orders from retailers and that its factory capacity was maxed.

“We will continue the ODD business aggressively to obtain about 50% of market share,” and will “release a new ODD to the market,” he said."

c'mon bta, read carefully, TSST is stopping, Liteon is the one who said that they will continue ODD business aggresively, not TSST.
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