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Mitsubishi Electric Offers “Industry-Leading” New Red Laser Diode

The firm’s latest ML501P73 diode is ideal for pico projectors and other portable display systems that require a high-brightness red light source.

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has launched a 638-nanometer (nm) wavelength red laser diode (LD) offering an output power of 1W, which the firm claims is the world's highest among 638 nm band LDs.

The ML501P73 diode is ideal for pico projectors and other portable display systems that require a high-brightness red light source. Sample shipments will begin on November 18, 2010.

Pico projectors have drawn much attention because they can be embedded in or connected to mobile systems such as cellular phones and laptop computers. LDs are widely used as light sources for these projectors for their ability to project a wider range of colors compared to lamp-based projectors. LDs deliver higher output while consuming less power than light emitting diodes (LEDs), extending battery life. LDs also enable focus-free operation because optical systems with great depth of field can be used with laser beams.

At high temperatures, the output power of red LDs with wavelengths shorter than 640 nm was not sufficient for high brightness projector applications. Mitsubishi Electric utilized its unique capabilities in applying window mirror structures and epitaxial growth technology to develop an industry-leading output power of 1W at a 638-nm lasing wavelength.

 Mitsubishis says its ML501P73 diode has the highest recorded pulsed output power of 1 W at 638 nm for micro projectors. Luminosity as a red light source exceeds 120 lumens (lm) due to lasing at short wavelength. The product has an industry-leading electrical conversion ratio of 35% at 1W at a temperature of 25 degrees C, enabling the reduction in power consumption

With operational temperatures between -5 degrees C and + 40 degrees C, the product can emit 1W in pulsed output and 0.5W in continuous waves within an operating range of -5 degrees C to + 40 degrees C. In the pulse condition, the duty ratio is less than 33% and the frequency is higher than 50Hz.

With over 85 years of experience in providing reliable, high-quality products to both corporate clients and general consumers all over the world, Mitsubishi Electric is a leader in the manufacture, marketing and sales of electrical and electronic equipment used in information processing and communications, space development and satellite communications, consumer electronics, industrial technology, energy, transportation and building equipment.
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