The former Lite-On Technology Corporation gathered some elite scientist and engineers from ITRI (Industrial Technology Research Institute) in 1995 to start an optical storage research and manufacturing business. This would allow the business to focus on the optical drive industry, Lite-On IT listed in Taiwan in 2001, and was listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange on Nov. 5, 2004.
In 2002 Lite-On IT added a new business unit, Digital Consumer, to leverage core competencies in optical storage from the IT industry in the consumer space. A third business unit, Automotive Electronics, was added in 2006 to focus on optical devices for the burgeoning automotive entertainment market.
Currently they employ over 311 engineers at the Masters & Ph.D. level in our R&D teams (approximately 5% of total employees) to help maintain a leading competitiveness in the optical drive space. Liteon offers mature products such as CD-ROM, CD-RW, and DVD-ROM as well as more advanced products such as Combo drives (read CD/DVD, write CD-R/RW), DVD-RW drives and Blu-ray drives. Liteon is committed to quality, innovation, and manufacturing excellence coupled with a drive to continually introduce new features and products. This has helped them grow substantially during a period of consolidation where other players were forced out of the industry.