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Blu-ray Chips Overtake DVD in 2009

In-Stat announced that the transition from DVD to Blu-ray Disc (BD) players and recorders is creating a substantial opportunity for Blu-ray semiconductor companies. Blu-ray player semiconductor content overtook DVD player semi 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.

According to the statement, recent research by In-Stat found the following:

• The worldwide DVD player semi market will decline nearly 40% between 2009 and 2013 to $355 million.

• The average semiconductor cost per unit of Blu-ray equipment in 2009 is nearly 8 times that of DVD equipment. However, the average Blu-ray semiconductor cost will drop nearly 70% by 2013.

• The leading providers of MPEG ICs for DVD and Blu-ray equipment include Broadcom, MediaTek, NEC, Sigma Designs, Sunplus and Zoran.

“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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