Is NEC dead?

is NEC dead? I looked at Newegg and there’s only Optiarc and Sony. I thought all 3 companies collaborated.

Hi,

Optiarc = NEC + Sony
(now: Optiarc = Sony)

There are still Nec made drives available that are sold under the Optiarc (or Sony) brand.

Michael

[QUOTE=petra89;2201779]is NEC dead? I looked at Newegg and there’s only Optiarc and Sony. I thought all 3 companies collaborated.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=40000005&Description=optiarc&name=CD%20%2F%20DVD%20Burners[/QUOTE]

NEC stopped being a DVD burner brand several years ago. They merged with Sony, and now sell everything under the name Optiarc or Sony.

NEC made some of the best drives. Sony made one of the worst, now there merged. Hopefully, the drives don’t come out mediocre.

This thread has some info on which drives are still decent NEC chipset based models:

http://club.cdfreaks.com/f86/optiarc-ad-7220a-254666/

My 1st real computer was an NEC and I loved it [back when a Pentium 133 was top dog and RAM was $1 per meg] . Sold computers at the time and the NECs performed better + had fewer hardware problems compared to most other brands of the day. Price was something like $2400 w/a 17" monitor… and that was buying at cost! The CPU was obsolete and retired after ~4 years but the NEC monitor worked for 12 years.