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Palo Alto, CA, United States, 2006/10/12 - Frost & Sullivan research service entitled new developments in diodes provides specific information on recent developments in technologies related to laser diodes in optical storage, telecom, medical applications, and industrial markets..
Advances and innovations in laser diodes has improved their efficiency and cost-effectiveness making them attractive to new markets, while cementing their position in strongholds such as optical storage and telecommunications. The application of laser diodes in medical and industrial markets opens up new revenue potential.
“Advances in laser diodes are finding new applications in addition to their traditional markets of optical storage and telecommunications,” says Technical Insights Research Analyst Miriam C. Nagel. “High power laser diodes are now moving into industrial markets and both high- and low-power lasers are increasingly being used in the medical applications.”
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In the optical storage market, the application of blue lasers to DVD technology expects to drive growth. Government funding has helped propel sophisticated laser diodes into industrial markets, and in medical as well as dental applications. The large plastics industry uses plastic welding technologies that are now made possible by laser diodes. In medical and dental markets, there are advantages of much less pain and essentially bloodless surgery made possible by laser diodes.
While blue lasers provide very high storage levels to the DVDs, there is no established standard for the disk format to use the new technology, a situation that has produced a format war of record proportions between two contending optical storage leaders. High power diode lasers face challenges from the applications developed for them by the industry. The dollar/watt cost factor needs more improvement to be realistically competitive with existing technologies.
“Factors that have an influence on acceptance in markets where the laser diode technologies can effectively compete are largely based on the cost of the lasers, cost of ownership and the inertia of existing technologies in the markets,” says Nagel.
Government funds for the development of laser diodes for potential defense applications and other local government funding to help developers gain a competitive edge, has been a major factor in improving the technologies. In the Unites States, the DARPA SHEDS project has greatly improved the efficiency issues that used to plague high power lasers. New projects sponsored by DARPA and also by a number of government agencies in Europe and Japan are continuing to advance laser diode technologies to compete in medical and industrial markets.
This Frost & Sullivan research service entitled New Developments in Diodes provides specific information on recent developments in technologies related to laser diodes in optical storage, telecommunications, medical applications, and industrial markets. Information on industry trends, standards, regulations, and challenges is also included. In this research service, Frost & Sullivan's expert analysts thoroughly examine the following markets - optical storage, telecommunications, medical applications, industrial applications and several niche markets. Interviews are available to the press.
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