Blue Laser Diodes Short In Supply

Aron Schatz
August 30, 2006

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The companies that make the blue laser diodes are halting shipments for the time being. That shiny HD or BD player just got a bit farther out. I wouldn't buy either of them with their load of DRM crap anyway.


Utilizing BD drives in its own PS3 game consoles, Sony suspended shipments of blue laser diodes to other customers, the makers indicated, adding that only Nichia, Sharp and Sanyo continue shipping the diodes. Nichia, which currently holds 80% of the global blue laser diode supply, reported that its yield rate for blue laser diodes reached 30%, according to the makers. However, the actual output still falls behind the demand, the makers said.

30%? Man, Sony is getting killed on those yields.


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