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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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Good
By Slaimus on 4/3/2007 1:34:35 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe this will finally bring the build quality of LiteOn drives to the same level as BenQ/Philips drives. The way the door opens and closes, and the noise that the drive makes while writing tells you that LiteOns are much flimsier than BenQ/Philips drives.

I hope they will now use Philips chipsets rather than Mediatek.




RE: Good
By Tedtalker1 on 4/3/2007 2:31:58 PM , Rating: 2
I am also a fan of the Nexperia based BenQ drives.Hopefully we will see new Philips based drives in the near future.If not,what a waste.


RE: Good
By Phillycat on 4/3/2007 2:33:56 PM , Rating: 2
You do realize that lite-on has been manufacturing BenQ drives for about a year now right?


RE: Good
By Slaimus on 4/3/2007 5:58:25 PM , Rating: 2
I meant REAL BenQ drive, and not rebadged ones. I have a DW1655 (last or close to last real BenQ drive) and none of the current generation drives from LiteOn/LG-Hitachi/Samsung-Toshiba/NEC even come close to its quality, both design and write.


RE: Good
By Tedtalker1 on 4/3/2007 7:00:27 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed.That's why the Nexperia based BenQ drives are in demand, but supply is almost gone.My wish is that someone at lite-On wakes up and uses the Philips Nexperia chipset in future drives.I don't care what name they stamp on the front.


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