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Manufacturers looking into ways to make laptop DVD burners thinner

Posted at 07 November 2012 18:49 CEST by Jan Willem Aldershoff

While the CEO of Lite-On already stated in an interview that it’s unlikely that optical disk drives (ODDs) will get slimmer to fit in e.g. Ultrabooks, the research and development departments of ODD manufacturers have started to find ways to make them a bit thinner. Digitimes is reporting that ODD makers are now trying to get them as thin as 9 mm. Currently the thinnest drives are 9.5mm, while the first drives had a height of 12.7 mm. Bringing the height down a little bit should make them only 10% more expensive.

Bringing the height down to 7 mm,  a height used by other parts in Ultrabooks such as HDDs and SSDs, would make the drives 3 to 4 times more expensive. The biggest technological challenge is, according to Digitimes,  in the optical pickup head. While ODD in laptops will likely not totally disappear for a while, the trend is downwards. In 2012 about 80% of the sold notebooks had a optical disk drive, it’s expected that this will drop to 60% in 2014.

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BradWright
MyCE Member
Posted on: 07 Nov 12 20:34
    Get rid of the drawer. Slot loading optical drives are thinner. I believe Dell had an ultrathin laptop a couple years ago that they said was thinner than a MacBook Air, and it had a slot-loading optical drive.
    RTV71
    MyCE Member
    Posted on: 07 Nov 12 21:20
      Another possibility is to not spin the disc and use a couple of mirrors to direct the laser from the side to read the entire surface.
      Chad_Bronson
      MyCE Senior Member
      Posted on: 07 Dec 12 20:56
        No no no. This shouldn't be the focus for optical disc burner manufacturers. They should instead be concentrating on making standardisations between different manufacturers - Oh, the amount of times I've wanted to rip out my awful Sony DVD/CD-RW drive and replace it with a LiteOn DVD+RW drive - But thanks to Dell and their bullshit properity standards - it means I have to get one from Dell.

        Thanks, muchly
        Liggy
        Senior Administrator
        Posted on: 08 Dec 12 09:15
          Shouldn't any other drive just work fine in a Dell machine?

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