Earlier this week, Plextor set the record straight, stating that they weren't getting out of the optical drive business. However, with their parent company, Shinano Kenshi Co., Ltd., scaling back its operations, many have wondered whether Plextor would continue to develop their own drives or utilize designs from other companies. According to an article at DigiTimes, Plextor has turned to Lite-On to fill at least some of their orders.
Lite-On IT has also landed PC-use DVD burner orders from Japan-based Plextor, following Plextor's plan to suspend its own PC-use DVD drive business, according to industry sources. The speculation about Lite-On IT spurred the company's share price to reach NT$29.45 on January 24, up NT$1.9 from the January 23 closing price. Some industry watchers, however, said the landed ordered amounts should be limited.
In a way, this really isn't too surprising. Plextor has used BenQ designs in the past. And, with Lite-On taking over BenQ's optical drive business, it makes sense that Plextor place orders with them. If you'd like to read more, the entire article can be found here.