Sharp -- the company behind the world's largest LCD panel
-- just introduced the world's smallest blue laser for
current generation optical players. Right, as in Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD
formats -- your choice OEMs. Measuring just 3.3-mm in diameter, the GH04020A4G semiconductor will be available in ¥12,000 ($99) sample quantities starting June 13th before ramping up for mass production later in July. The device will suck 10mW from your laptop's battery while offering at least 10,000 hours of operation before giving up the ghost.