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Lite-On and Philips form world's second largest optical drive manufacturing company

This week Lite-On IT Corporation and Royal Philips Electronics announced that the joint venture between the two companies will officially take shape on May 1 of this year. The joint venture between the two companies will focus on the manufacturing and marketing of optical storage drives.

The move between Lite-On and Philips is one that industry analysts have been expecting to happen for about a year now. Last April, Lite-On took over BenQ's optical disc drive manufacturing operations. At the time, Lite-On and BenQ were partners in the optical drives business but the takeover placed Lite-On up to the number two spot in the list of biggest drive manufacturers in the world. According to the release:

PLDS will be effective in Europe from 1st of May 2007. Lite-On IT BV, the European head office of Lite-On IT Corporation, will continue to provide the same service to its customers under the new flag of PLDS. The company will handle sales, marketing, service, finance and logistics of Optical Disc Drives (ODD). PLDS will continue to sell ODD under the brand names Lite-On and HP (under exclusive license from Hewlett-Packard).

Under the new agreement between Lite-On and Philips, the new venture will be called Philips & Lite-On Digital Solutions (PLDS). The European Commission has fully approved of the new venture as of April 2.

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I've always been a fan...
By Twitch22 on 4/3/2007 12:01:41 PM , Rating: 3
...of Lite-On optical drives. Used them in every one of my builds with zero problems. However, Lite-On rarely was the first to market with anything "new". In the past, other drive makers like Sony or Plextor would come out with new innovations that would slowly trickle down to the Lite-Ons, NEC, etc. of the world. Hopefully, Philips/Lite-On will be a new source of cutting-edge drive models at prices all of us can afford.


RE: I've always been a fan...
By feelingshorter on 4/3/2007 12:54:50 PM , Rating: 1
Lit-On shouldn't be compared with NEC though. NEC drives hogs your CPU a lot, and it also makes a lot of noise when it is reading or burning a disk. Lite-On drives are so much quieter and doesn't hog your CPU at all. Thats the reason why i've been buying Lite-on over NEC.

RE: I've always been a fan...
By rklaver on 4/3/2007 1:03:46 PM , Rating: 2
I'll agree with the noise issues with NEC.

RE: I've always been a fan...
By Visual on 4/4/2007 3:39:17 AM , Rating: 2
It hogs YOUR cpu, not mine, and probably just because you have it in PIO mode.

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