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Old 08-29-2006, 05:08 PM   #1  
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Possibly; at least that what is reported by digitimes. Availability seems to be slipping to 2007 and is casting more doubt on the industries readiness for HD drives affecting both Blu-Ray and HD-DVD

http://www.digitimes.com/systems/a20060828PR206.html

Nichia, which currently holds 80% of the global blue laser diode supply, says that its yield rate for blue laser diodes is around 30%

only Pioneer and Plextor are currently able to maintain actual shipments, according to the sources. Toshiba may soon join them, with volume shipments planned to kick off in September, the sources added.
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Hmmm, that is not a good thing for Sony and their PS3. It makes you wonder if they are questioning the wisdom of embedding such cutting edge technology in their new game system. On the other hand, XBOX360 seems to be doing well despite initial supply shortages, so this may not be that bad for Sony in the long run.
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Catch Wired magazines take on the Sony PS3 issue...

http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/14.09/sony.html

Sony is definately betting the farm on this one.
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"The next generation doesn't start until we say it does"? Who do they think they are? Are we just suppose to accept what sony says and go along? What are we, a MONKEY? This statement shows what Sony thinks about its consumers. Shame on them!
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"The next generation doesn't start until we say it does"? Who do they think they are? Are we just suppose to accept what sony says and go along? What are we, a MONKEY? This statement shows what Sony thinks about its consumers. Shame on them!
I think Sony has a slanted picture of themselves... they have been innovators in the past. I'm sure the mindset is, innovate and create, get the marketroids out to create demand... produce. As leaders in the consumer industry who have successfully brought to market many products that previously consumers have not yet invisioned, Sony feels they can set the pace and they will be rewarded. If all Sony's efforts were failures... they wouldn't be in business.

But it looks like they have backed themselves into a corner with PS3 and Blu-Ray and it will take a sizable leap to extricate themselves.
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Damn, this is also going to have a chilling effect on the blue laser diode based ray gun I was developing that could eliminate any industry suits that pissed us off. I hate it when that happens!
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Damn, this is also going to have a chilling effect on the blue laser diode based ray gun I was developing that could eliminate any industry suits that pissed us off. I hate it when that happens!
I bet pointing a "laser diode based ray" at them will really impress them with your technical savvy
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"quit it", "no, I mean quit it! stop shining that light in my eyes! ouch, it hurts!"
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I bet that elimination process will take at least 2 years. What do you think?
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