Here's the deal:
We get information from time to time from inside contacts who we do not discuss in public. The information we get is reliable at the time, but things change VERY quickly in the R&D end of burner making. Chipsets change, firmware changes, PUH changes, all kinds of stuff changes over-night.
So until we actually have the damn drive in our cold, sweaty hands we can't know for sure what has changed between point A and point B. Making statements about what is what can get us into trouble and make us look like dummies if it changes and we don't hear about it.
Having said that, I can say that we know that it's possible that the 832 will have the same chipset as the 812, that they might be flashed back and forth. (some already have been) It's also not impossible that they can have a different chipset when they hit the streets. There are also 12x and 16x drives that "might" have the same chipset. And last but not least, different chipsets can in fact sometimes use the same firmware. Evidence the 52327S hardware revisions.
Or it could all change in an instant.
If NicW is interested in doing something other than bragging about his toys, he might tell us what chipset his drive has. That would be very nice information to have.
"LiteOn told me" somehow lacks sincerity. Open the damn drive and look.