“Japanese electronics conglomerate Hitachi Ltd. said on Friday its supply of 1.0-inch disk drives was running behind demand and that it would ramp up output at its Thailand plant as soon as possible,” Reuters reports.
“The comments came after Apple Computer Inc. said on Thursday it would delay global sales of its new iPod mini digital music player until July due to tight supplies of hard disk drives (HDDs). Neither firm has confirmed Hitachi makes the iPod drives, but as the sole commercial maker of 1.0-inch drives with 4-gigabyte storage capacity, which Apple uses in its iPod mini, Hitachi is widely believed to be supplying HDDs to the U.S. computer maker,” Reuters reports. “‘We are planning to boost production at our plant in Thailand, and it will come sooner rather than later,’ a Hitachi spokesman said.”
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