Sharp just introduced their latest, itty bitty blue laser. While maintaining the same 3.3-mm diameter of their previous package
, Sharp's new GH04P25A4G
semiconductor laser manages to boost the power to 250mW. That little trick should make 6x recording speeds to dual-layer BD media in laptops
a reality. They've also announced a similarly speced 5.6-mm (GH04P25A2G)
jobbie for desktops. Both are shipping now in ¥50,000 sample quantities with mass production set to begin in April. That translates to about 462 US dollars -- not that the US manufactures CE equipment anymore.