Maybe a wake would be more in order than an official announcement. I wish I had been wrong. NEC (or Optiarc) has been my drive of choice for many years now, starting way back with an ND-1100A, but that's about to end. Looks as if MyCE has made an official announcement on their main page, anyway.
Liggy, my best drive ever was an ND-3500A, followed closely by a Pioneer DVR-215D. My current AD-7200S is nearly as good either of those and I'm glad I was recently able to buy a brand new AD-7200S to put on the shelf as a backup. Tests showed that it was as good as the one I'm currently using. It cost me $30. USD, twice as much as a NewEgg Special Deal Of The Day drive, but I've been saying for some time that drives have been getting way too cheap to maintain any real R&D or quality standards.
BTW, the famous (to baseball fans, anyway) quote in my initial message should have read "Say it ain't so, Joe". :sad: