Sony Optiarc

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Sony Optiarc Inc.
Type Subsidiary
Founded April 3, 2006
Headquarters 1-11-1 Osaki, Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan
Key people Shinichi Yamamura: Representative Director and President (Former Deputy President, Video Business Group, Sony Corporation Corporation),
Katsumi Ihara, Kiyoshi Nishitani, Hidenosuke Kanai, Shinichi Yamamura, Shunichi Suzuki, Masahiko Yamamoto, Eiichi Ichikawa: Directors
Products Development, engineering, production, marketing and sales of optical disc drive products.
Employees 317 (as of December 2008)[1]
Parent Sony Corporation

Sony Optiarc Inc. (formerly Sony NEC Optiarc Inc.) is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation that has been shut down. The company's business was the design and manufacturing of optical disc drives, primarily for the OEM desktop and notebook PC markets.

The company was established on April 3, 2006 as a joint venture between Sony and NEC Corporation, each had share of 55% and 45% respectively. On September 11, 2008, it was announced that Sony would take over NEC's 45% share, making Optiarc wholly owned subsidiary of Sony.[2] This took effect on December 5, 2008.[3]

In March 2013, Sony closed Sony Opitarc optical disk division.[4][5] About 400 employees were laid off globally.

Sony Optiarc DVD drive AD-7240S.


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Similar joint ventures in the data storage industry:

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