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What is Blu-ray?
Blu-ray is a high-capacity optical disc that holds 4.5hrs of high-definition video on a single-sided, single-layer 25Gbyte disk. It uses a blue-violet laser that reads pits a third the size of a DVD on tracks that are packed much tighter together.
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2005-07-11 Universal Display blue light emitter could boost OLED market
A durable blue phosphorescent organic LED developed by Universal Display has surpassed the 1,000-hour lifetime barrier by a wide margin, the company said.
2007-01-31 UCSB researchers tout blue laser diode breakthrough
A team of University of California-Santa Barbara researchers have created a new type of blue-violet laser diode that they say could replace the c-plane violet laser diodes used for next-gen DVD formats.
2002-01-24 Tsinghua University ramps up production of blue LEDs
Tsinghua University has installed a GaN MOCVD reactor, purchased from AIXTRON AG, to ramp up production of blue LED epitaxial wafers.
2003-05-13 Toshiba develops a 36GB blue laser rewritable disk
Toshiba Corp. has developed a dual layer 36GB rewritable disk for the Advanced Optical Disk system.
2003-10-07 Toshiba blue-violet laser targets optical disc systems
Toshiba Corp. has announced development of gallium-nitride based blue-violet lasers that offer an optical output of 200mW.
2006-09-04 TDK blue laser disc packs 200Gbytes
TDK has developed a single-sided recordable blue laser disc with a capacity of 200Gbytes, surpassing the current 25Gbyte capacity for single-layer Blu-ray discs and 50Gbytes for dual-layer discs.
2005-06-13 Taiwan unveils plug-in ready ac LED, blue laser DVD PUH
The Industrial Technology Research Institute's Optoelectronics & Systems Laboratories (OESL) in Taiwan has developed an LED that can operate under 110V AC.
2004-10-11 South Korea's blue LED capacity climbs to 250%
South Korea's monthly capacity for blue LED chips registers a 250 percent growth year-on-year.
2003-04-09 Sony samples blue laser disc drive, disc media
Sony Corp. has developed a blue laser optical data storage disc drive and cartridge-type disc media that are targeted at professional data-intensive applications.
2007-04-26 Sony joins blue-violet laser market
Sony announced it will join the blue-violet laser market with a monthly production capacity of 1.7 million units.
2006-03-14 SoC supports blue, red laser technology
Atmel announced its AT78C4050 "All-Format DVD" SoC, an integrated optical system based on 0.13m technology.
2010-05-19 Sharp ramps blue LED production at Fukuyama plant
Sharp Corp. plans to begin mass production of blue LED chips at its Fukuyama Plant in Fukuyama City, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan within this year.
2006-11-22 Sharp joins blue-laser diode market
Sharp Corp. has become the second merchant supplier of blue-laser diodes, following Nichia Corp. and already started supplying diodes to an undisclosed client.
2007-07-20 SDK to expand GaN-based blue LED chip production
Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) announced it will invest almost $41 million to expand the production capacity of GaN-based blue LED chips at its Chiba site to 200 million units a month by June 2008.
2007-02-22 SDK develops new crystal growth tech for blue/white LEDs
Showa Denko has developed a new process for making high-quality compound semiconductors based on GaN and other nitrides to meet growing demand mainly for use in blue/white LEDs.
2004-10-29 SDK blue LED features flip chip structure
Showa Denko K.K. announced that it has developed a blue LED based on gallium nitride.
2003-04-14 Sanyo white, blue LEDs target outdoor displays
Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd's blue and white LEDs are targeted for use in outdoor and indoor LED video signs.
2003-01-23 Sanyo schedules production of 35mW blue-violet laser
Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd will begin production this spring of a 35mW laser for next-gen writable optical disk systems.
2002-04-23 Sanyo blue-violet laser diode has low-noise beam structure
Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd has developed a blue-violet laser diode that features a low-noise beam structure and is suitable for use as a light source in next-generation DVD systems.
2011-08-08 Royal blue LED targets phosphor lighting
Cree's XLamp XT-E Royal Blue LED is designed for use in remote phosphor lighting and other applications with similar requirements.
2003-01-03 ROHM blue LED displays tout resistance to heat
ROHM Co. Ltd has announced the release of a line of 7-segment blue LED numerical displays that feature a new heat-resistant plastic package.
2010-08-10 Ramp-up in blue LEDs seen
Vertical integration among leading suppliers and growth in related equipments and semiconductors are pushing up production forecasts for blue LEDs in the coming months, reports analysts.
2006-07-05 Pushbutton switches offer blue, white options
EAO Switch Corp. has added blue and white LED illumination options to its Series 84 pushbutton switches.
2007-04-23 PIDA: Taiwan dominates blue LED chip capacity segment
Taiwan emerges as the top region in blue LED chip capacity and occupied the second spot in LED chip packaging in 2006, according to Taiwan's Photonics Industry Technology & Development Association.
2009-02-10 Panel meters come in blue, green LED versions
Murata Power Solutions' low-power, high brightness, three-and-a-half digit, DMS-20PC digital panel voltmeters are now available with 'brilliant blue' or 'pure green' LED colors in addition to the current 'low-power red'.
2002-11-29 OES, AOSRA develops blue laser HD-DVD format
Opto-Electronics & System Laboratories and Advanced Optical Storage Research Alliance have developed next-generation blue laser HD-DVD format.
2002-02-04 OES develops blue laser diodes for DVDs
The Opto-Electronics & Systems Laboratories (OES) of Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) has developed GaN blue laser diodes for use in next-generation digital-image optical HD DVDs.
2002-12-20 Nichia, Sony to co-manufacture blue-violet laser diodes
Nichia Corp. and Sony Corp. have reached a basic agreement whereby they will jointly develop blue-violet laser diodes for mass-production level, to be used in optical disc recording and playback.
2004-04-27 Nichia, Sony sign blue laser licensing deal
A cross-licensing deal with Nichia Corp. will make Sony Corp. the second supplier of blue-violet laser diodes. Nichia and Sony first announced their collaboration in December 2002.
2012-10-23 Latest Blue Pearl software boasts enhanced Path analysis
Enhancements to Blue Pearl Software Suite Version 6.1 include mode-based path analysis, improved tool control using TCL and enhanced CDC schematics to pinpoint problems.
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