http://www.cdrlabs.com/News/sony-pulls- ... iness.html
In an attempt to become profitable, Sony has begun to cut jobs and sell off some of its less than lucrative ventures. The company recently sold off its chemical business and scaled back its mobile phone workforce by 15%. Sony has now announced that it will be pulling out of the optical drive market. Citing fierce competition and decreasing prices as reasons for this decision, Sony plans to shut down its subsidiary, Sony Optiarc, at the end of March.
It's been awhile since we've seen anything new from Optiarc so this really shouldn't be too surprising. I'm sad to see them go though. Their non-Lite-On drives were some of the best in recent years.