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Sunext, Philips ink optical drive licensing agreement

Posted: 20 Mar 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Sunext? Philips? Blue laser? Optical Disc Drive?

Sunext Technology Co., a subsidiary of Sunplus Technology Co. Ltd, and Royal Philips Electronics announced both companies have completed an agreement relating to the transfer of Philips' optical disc drive (ODD) semiconductor technology and licensing of related patents. Agreements were also made providing for related design and manufacturing services.

The technology license granted to Sunext is exclusive in the area of the design, implementation, manufacture and sale of IC's and solutions for PC ODD and home entertainment DVD recorders. Related Philips patents are licensed on a non-exclusive basis.

According to the agreement, Sunext will sell and support products produced with the Philips ODD technology transferred by this agreement under the Sunext brand name. DVD recordable semiconductor products are available immediately, are currently in high volume production with leading ODD suppliers, and are in use by major PC OEMs. Meanwhile, blue laser recordable products are sampling today and are expected to be in volume production by mid-2006. As part of the agreement, Philips shall also receive a minority share in Sunext.

"We expect that the joining of both companies' technical and market strengths will create exciting products and increase sales to the IT and consumer markets beyond what either company could achieve alone." said Giel Rutten, senior vice president and general manager, Philips Semiconductor, home business unit.

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