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Blu-ray ICs surpass DVD chips in 2009

Posted: 26 Feb 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:DVD? Blu-ray? semiconductor?

The transition from DVD to Blu-ray players and recorders is providing substantial opportunity for Blu-ray semiconductor companies, according to an In-Stat report. Blu-ray player semiconductor content overtook DVD player IC content for the first time in 2009, and is projected to account for nearly three quarters of the combined Blu-ray/DVD player semiconductor revenues by 2013.

The report forecasts that worldwide DVD player semiconductor market will decline nearly 40 percent between 2009 and 2013 to $355 million. The average semiconductor cost per unit of Blu-ray equipment in 2009 is nearly 8x that of DVD equipment. However, the average Blu-ray semiconductor cost will drop nearly 70 percent by 2013. Leading providers of MPEG ICs for DVD and Blu-ray equipment include Broadcom, MediaTek, NEC, Sigma Designs, Sunplus and Zoran, the report said.

"Semiconductors for DVD equipment continue to lead in unit volume," says Michelle Abraham, In-Stat analyst. "However, the higher priced semiconductors in Blu-ray equipment propelled Blu-Ray semiconductor revenue ahead of DVD for the first time in 2009.

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