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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
2008-03-26 U.S. ITC to probe patent claim relating to Blu-ray
The U.S. ITC announced it would launch investigation on 30 semiconductor companies, inlcuding Blu-ray maker Sony, regarding possible patent infringements related to certain short-wavelength LEDs and laser diodes.
2004-03-24 TDK joins Blu-ray bandwagon
TDK Corp. has joined the Blu-ray Disk Founders group, creating the possibility that BD disks could eliminate cartridges and make it easy to use both DVD and BD disks in the same system
2003-03-26 Taiwan joins optical-disk IP fray
The Industrial Technology Research Institute detailed two optical-disk formats, which it has submitted to the DVD Forum for consideration as industry standards for high-definition DVD recording disks based on blue lasers
2007-06-01 System board is ultrasmall at 16.7cm?
VIA Technologies Inc. has unveiled the VIA EPIA PX, the first commercial mainboard based on its recently introduced Pico-ITX form factor measuring 10-by-7.2cm.
2004-03-17 Strategy Analytics: optical storage apps to drive market for GaN
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
2004-07-19 Spec approved for digital media distribution
High-tech heavyweights and movie studios have agreed on a future copy protection scheme for next-generation digital media.
2007-03-02 Sony unveils $600 Blu-ray Disc player
At its Open House event this week, Sony Electronics unveiled its second Blu-ray Disc (BD) player, BDP-S300, which will hit stores by the middle of the year for about $600.
2006-12-12 Sony Blu-ray gets cold reception
Internet discussions on Sony's Blu-ray show a general dislike for the HD format, which is a key component in the company's strategy for grabbing a big share of the HD consumer electronics market
2007-03-01 Silicon Image receivers put HDMI 1.3 into midrange TVs
Silicon Image Inc. rolled out four chips at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, including two receivers that it said will push the HDMI 1.3 specification into midrange TVs.
2004-11-30 Rivalry dares blu-ray's performance; says Frost & Sullivan
According to Frost & Sullivan, competition is heating up between data storage technologies blu-ray and high-definition digital versatile discs (HD-DVD) as they battle it out to become the next standard format for DVDs.
2007-11-02 Products vie for role in HDMI arena
Last year's adoption of HDMI 1.3 has advanced the adoption rate of sources that provide 1,080p resolution such as Blu-ray and HD DVDand as HDMI's popularity grows, so does its list of supporters.
2007-08-24 Paramount, DreamWorks drop Blu-ray support
Despite outpacing HD DVD sales, Blu-ray took a blow as Paramount Pictures and Dreamworks Animation opted to offer its next-generation DVDs in HD DVD format.
2007-07-06 Panasonic revs up Blu-ray disc writing speed
Panasonic has introduced a write-once Blu-ray disc with a writing speed that's faster than other discs available today in the high-definition format.
2005-05-31 One voice needed on next-gen disc format, says Toshiba CEO
Though the next generation disc format dispute has stalemated, Toshiba's position seeking unification has not changed, according to Tadashi Okamura, president and CEO of Toshiba.
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
2007-01-17 NME secures patent for versatile multilayer disc tech
Optical and electronic technology provider New Medium Enterprises Inc. (NME) has secured worldwide patents for its high-capacity versatile multilayer disc technology.
2007-01-01 Nintendo woos casual gamers with intuitive Wii
A teardown of Wii shows a comparatively simple design with far fewer major components than its competittion's.
2006-12-19 Nintendo Wii woos casual gamers
Nintendo has built the Wii to be a more intuitive videogame console designed to attract new and casual gamers.
2006-08-17 MIPS, Dolby ink audio partnership for home entertainment
MIPS Technologies and Dolby Laboratories announced its recent partnership wherein the two companies will deliver next-generation audio technology across all segments of home entertainment, including the STB, HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc markets.
2005-06-29 Microsoft, Toshiba join forces on next-gen DVDs
Microsoft Corp. and Toshiba Corp. will expand their cooperation, including possible development of Windows CE-based HD DVD products.
2006-10-24 Media processor enables multiformat transcoding of digital video
LSI Logic's next-gen multicore transcoding media processor architecture, Domino[X], provides multiformat encoding, decoding and transcoding of digital video.
2004-03-12 Matsushita to offer Blu-ray Disk recorders by July
Matsushita Electric said it will join Sony in July as the second manufacturer to offer Blu-ray disk recorders.
2006-02-03 Is there trouble ahead for the High Definition Disc?
The High-Definition Disc Consumer Advocacy Alliance called for a unified HD videodisc format, and commented on the possible negative effects of a format war between HD DVD and Blu-ray disc.
2007-03-22 Hitachi puts removable drives in HDTVs
Hitachi has plans to sell the world's first high-definition TVs (HDTV) with removable hard drives, according to a Reuters report.
2007-12-17 HDMI is ready for close-up
Last year's adoption of the HDMI version 1.3 release, with key performance improvements, has advanced the adoption rate of sources that provide 1,080p resolution such as Blu-ray and HD DVD.
2004-10-11 Group formed to promote Blu-ray Disc format
Fourteen companies have joined forces to promote the Blu-ray Disc format through a new industry association launched here.
2006-02-16 Getting the boxes to interplay
Beneath the flashy veneer of electronics lies a tangled mass of interoperability problems and related concerns.
2008-06-20 Future of Blu-ray in China still unclear, notes CCID
According to CCID Consulting, in terms of market status, Blu-ray only dominates its competitors at the standard level. In China's HD market, the prospect of Blu-ray players and optical drivers is still unclear
2007-07-06 FPC connectors offer up to 80 pins
SMK launches the EF-51 series of 0.5mm spacing FPC connectors targeted at applications such as LCD and PDP panels, HDD-DVD recorders, car navigation equipment and MF printers
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