Sony and NEC has officially signed an agreement which would merge both of their optical drive businesses. With an agreement between Sony and NEC, each company will hold 55 / 45 percent respectively. The company would be named Sony NEC Optiarc Inc. and will be beginning to manufacture merged optical drives this spring.
Although it is known that Sony are supporters of the Blu-ray DVD format and the NEC supports the HD DVD format, they may both end up releasing optical drives that support both of them. So, lets see another great DVD drive out soon.