Sony NEC Optiarc, the newly formed joint venture between Sony and NEC, is expected to become the world's top ODD vendor. As their main OEM manufacturer, Lite-On also has the opportunity to become the top supplier worldwide.
With newly formed optical disc drive (ODD) vendor Sony NEC Optiarc setting aggressive shipment goals, its contract manufacturer Lite-On IT stands a good chance of becoming the leading worldwide ODD supplier this year, market sources indicated. Sony NEC Optiarc, a joint venture (JV) between Sony and NEC, aims to beat out market leader Hitachi-LG Data Storage (HLDS) to become the top ODD vendor worldwide in 2006.
The article also mentions that Lite-On may start using NEC's chipsets. According to MediaTek, Lite-On has not made the switch yet. If you'd like to read more, head on over to DigiTimes.