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Table: Blue Horizons


A race is on to commercialize blue-violet lasers, the key to producing a successor to the DVD

1996

Shuji Nakamura, a researcher at Japan's Nichia Corp., develops the first blue-laser diode.

2001

Matsushita and Sony develop their own blue lasers.

2002

A nine-member consortium--led by Sony, Pioneer, and Matsushita--unveils the Blu-ray Disc standard. Toshiba is uncommitted.

END 2002

Nichia is expected to launch sales of the first commercial blue-laser diodes.


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