Pioneer is shipping its DVR-103 to Sony for use in its Vaio notebook, sources claim.

Sony is the fourth manufacturer to take the product, after Apple, Compaq and NEC/Packard Bell. Apple calls the DVR-103 the SuperDrive. It offers both DVD-R and CD-RW capabilities and is bundled with the 733MHz Power Macs.

The device is also available as the DVR-A03 for use by third-party systems integrators and peripheral makers. This flavour retails for $995.

To meet rising demand, Pioneer is expanding significantly its production capacity in China, opening two new plants there this autumn. The company plans to produce over one million DVD-R/CD-RW drives there before the end of the fiscal year.

For the fiscal year ending March 2002, Pioneer expects its group net-profit to climb 15 per cent to 21 billion yen, and group revenues to rise 11 per cent to 720 billion yen. The company expects sales of core electronics products, such as DVD players and recorders, plasma-display panels and car electronics, to continue growing steadily.