Sharp is doing its part in the fight for ever-faster DVD burning speeds, likely to continue until discs start flying out of their drives and someone really gets hurt. The company's latest development is a new red laser semiconductor with a maximum throughput of 350mW, sufficient to burn dual-layer +/- DVDs at 16x speeds. What's more, the laser's designed for use in laptop DVD drives, though Sharp says the drives will have low power consumption and high heat dissipation, so you shouldn't have to worry about it further fanning the flames -- well, not any more than usual. Laptops packing the speedy new drives look like they're still be a little ways off yet though, with samples of the laser just shipping to manufacturers later this month.

[Via Akihabara News]

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