HP aims to top laser markets

HP aims to top laser markets
Steve Bush Hewlett-Packard intends to be market leader with blue laser diodes even though its technology is currently not the best. “Our aim is to be number one in green, blue and ultra-violet lasers,” said Waguih Ishak, head of Blue laser research at HP. “My team reminds me that we are in a marathon. Nichia is ahead, but we are both still only in the first mile.” Nichia is the Japanese opto-electronics company that has demonstrated devices with lifetimes of hundreds of hours. Until a couple of months ago, the best US figure for continuous operation was under a second. Asked if the diode’s lifetime was under a minute, Ishak replied: “No, it is much more than that.” he added: “Our current focus is not lifetime, but process technology. We are filing a lot of IP at the moment.”


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