IBM expects to integrate DVD-ROM drives into its high-end ThinkPad notebook lines by mid-1997, officials have said at Comdex.
"We are basically waiting on the manufacturers of the drives" to deliver slim versions that can be fitted into notebooks, says Per Larsen, IBM's vice-president of worldwide mobile PC brand marketing.
"I think samples will start shipping late in the first half," he says. Volume availability of DVD-ROM drives for notebooks will begin to emerge in next year's second half, he says.
Toshiba, meanwhile, expects to introduce DVD-ROM drives suited for notebooks by next year's third quarter, a company official says. But notebook users can expect to see DVD-ROM drives in docking stations even earlier, says IBM's Larsen.
As DVD-ROM drives start appearing on the market, vendors will quickly add the high-density storage device into mobile platforms, analysts say.
By late 1997, DVD-ROM drives will become a common feature in high-end notebooks and docking stations, says Randy Giusto, manager of mobile computing research at Framingham, Massachusetts-based market researcher International Data.