The new Sharp GH04020A2GE semiconductor has a power consumption of 168mW and a 20mW output.
The new Sharp Blu-ray laser diode has a 10,000 hour life time.
The delay of the Sony PS3 in Europe is blamed on shortage of Blu-ray laser diodes. Apparently they are difficult to manufacture.
Shouldn’t companies focus on simplifying the production than developing a new laser diode that needs less power?
Sample shipments start 2006 November 1st and Sharp promises 150,000 laser diodes per month.
More details in this press-release (Japanese).
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