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Strategy Analytics: optical storage apps to drive market for GaN

Posted: 17 Mar 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:gallium nitride? laser diode? strategy analytics? dvd? blu-ray?

The market for gallium nitride (GaN) laser diodes will grow at a CAAGR of 195 percent through 2008, according to Strategy Analytics Inc.'s latest study, titled "Gallium Nitride Laser Diodes: Markets and Applications."

Strategy Analytics believes, however, that these markets will not provide substantial growth moving forward. Instead, growth will be driven by optical storage applications with the emergence of violet-DVD players, accounting for over 97 percent of unit shipments by 2008.

"Despite the impressive growth, the existence of two competing standards for violet-DVD -- namely Blu-ray and HD-DVD - will mean that the GaN laser diode market will still be at an early stage of development in 2008," cautions Asif Anwar, Analyst, from the Strategy Analytics Strategic Technologies Practice. "The influence of movie studios and the IT industry will be crucial in deciding which violet-DVD format becomes the accepted standard, and when next-generation DVD begins to have mass appeal," added Anwar.

The proliferation of violet-DVD will also depend heavily on the development of high-definition TV receiver (HDTV) content and displays. Furthermore, while violet-DVD players will be recordable from the outset, they will face competition from the growing popularity of existing recordable DVD technology, the market research firm explained.

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