[QUOTE=packetloss;2129131]It will be interesting to see if the LiteOn iHAS 120 can be crossflashed to a Plextor PX-806SA, so the “more advanced” functions / utilities provided by Plextor that are mentioned in the CDRLabs article can be used.[/QUOTE]
As i see it, these are the possibilities:
a) Plextor lets LiteOn produce drives for them that are 1:1 LiteON drives with the only change that the string “Plextor” is added in the identification-string in the firmware and additionally Plextools is made working with these drives.
b) Plextor lets LiteOn produce drives for them with specially adapted firmware programmed by LiteOn, so the drives offer similar or identical functionality as was offered in their drives with the Sanyo chipset.
c) Plextor lets LiteOn produce drives for them and adds it’s own firmware.
Possibility c) would seem the most atractive but also seems highly unlikely to me because AFAIK Plextor drive development simply is no more, resp. is not big enough anymore to do anything more than simple support and coordination with their OEM.
Option b) would be nice, since this would make the more or less inofficial scanning functions of LiteOn drives fully available (and supported), so no more no jitter-scanning of the second layer and other quirks as the current solutions have. That might be a market niche worth a few extra bucks.
Option a) would be the most boring one. At least it would mean there is one more type of drive available that has scanning abilities and the necessary tools for using it, which would always be welcome.