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Toshiba Unveils First HD DVD Re-Writable Drive For Notebook PCs

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Press release

Computex 2007

Combines the Visual Brilliance of HD DVD with the Flexibility of Re-Recordable Media

Germany, 4 June 2007 - Toshiba Storage Device Division Europe today announced the world's first slim re-writable HD DVD drive for notebook PCs. With the new SD-L912A drive, Toshiba is offering consumer and business notebook PC users access to affordable next-generation HD DVD quality entertainment that delivers the full visual brilliance of high-definition content with the flexibility of re-writable HD DVD media.

For business users, the new re-writable drive can be utilised to back up large volumes of data-rich high -definition content from a PC hard drive. Single and double layer HD DVD discs are already available and offer capacities of 15GB and 30GB respectively. Triple layer HD DVD ROM discs that will offer capacities up to 51GB are currently in development and will be available in late 2007.

For consumers, the SD-912A is the perfect solution for capturing and recording the increasingly available high-definition content from leading broadcasters across the world. According to leading broadcast analyst Screen Digest, by 2010 there will be approximately 100 HD channels available in Europe and more than 11 million households accessing HD quality content(1). In addition, because HD DVD and current DVD discs share the same physical structure, the drive will support read and write functionality to HD DVD-R discs and high-performance, high-speed read and write to all flavors of standard DVD and CD discs.

"Our new drive delivers the perfect combination of high capacity storage, outstanding audio and visual playback and the complete flexibility of the re-writable format," explained Martin Larsson, General Manager, Toshiba Europe Storage Device Division. "Notebook users will soon be able to enjoy a truly rich and compelling high-definition video playback experience."

Toshiba will feature the new drive at the Toshiba Digital Media Network Taiwan Corporation booth (booth: B1234) at Computex 2007, which will be held in Taipei, Taiwan from 5-9 June.

Pricing and availability

Customer sampling of the SD-L912A is expected to take place. Notebook PCs incorporating the new drive are expected.

Main specifications

Model name SD-L912A

Read/Write Speed


HD DVD-R SL*: 2x; HD DVD-R DL*: 1x
HD DVD-RW SL*: 1x; HD DVD-RW DL*: 1x
DVD-RAM: Max. 3x; DVD-R SL*: Max. 4x
DVD-R DL*: Max. 2x; DVD-RW: Max. 4x
DVD+R SL*: Max. 4x; DVD+R DL*: Max. 2.4x
DVD+RW: Max. 4x; CD-R: Max. 16x
CD-RW: 4x; High Speed CD-RW: Max. 10x
Ultra Speed CD-RW: 10x


HD DVD-R SL*: 2.4x; HD DVD-R DL*: 1x
HD DVD-RW SL* :1x, HD DVD-RW DL*: 1x
HD DVD-ROM: 2.4x
DVD: Max. 8x; CD: Max. 24x

Interface ATAPI

Buffer capacity 8MB

MTBF 60,000 hours

Power source +5V (allowance +/-5%)

Operating temperature 5-50 degrees C (excluding media)

External dimensions (W x H x D) 128.0mm x 12.7mm x 126.0 mm

Weight 170g (typical)

* SL: single layer: DL: dual layer

*1 The RoHS Directive is European Union legislation that eliminates the use of six hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment.

(1) SOURCE: Screen Digest, 2007: