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Sony preps small Blu-ray laser for notebooks

updated 09:25 am EST, Fri January 25, 2008

Sony 3mm Blu-ray Laser

Sony today revealed a new Blu-ray laser technology that it says should lead to thinner, smaller notebook drives. Through a new, extremely accurate and more reliable laser system, Sony and its development partner Nichia have produced a laser reader whose packaging is just 3mm (0.11in) thick without sacrificing features. A Blu-ray drive using the laser technology can both read and record as with earlier, thicker drives. It can also recognize discs printed using a newer organic dye that makes them cheaper to produce than most current discs, Sony notes.

The technology should allow the thinner, 9.5mm (0.37in) optical drives used in thin-and-light notebooks; unlike a recently developed Panasonic equivalent, however, the Sony implementation is expected to be used in devices that normally demand slot-load drives, such as in-car entertainment systems. Both companies anticipate mass production of drives using the extra-compact laser towards the end of the year. [via Tech]



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  1. eizzumdm

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    Cheap organic dye

    Just the words "cheaper" and "organic dye" don't leave me with a great deal of confidence for the longevity of data stored on those discs.

  1. Feathers

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    organic dye..

    Ditto eizzumdum, because, as we know, everything organic dies!!!

  1. Titanium Man

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    end of the year???

    I guess we know when Apple will finally announce Blu-ray support. Not until they can announce a BTO option for the Macbook Pro.

    The organic dye discs aren't completely bad news. Sure, for maximum longevity, people should stick with the phase change discs. But those have been stuck at ridiculously high prices on a per gigabyte basis. If Blu-ray is to take hold as a storage format, there has to be a cheaper option for the general public.

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