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Toshiba, NEC plan HD DVD notebooks in 2005

Posted: 25 Oct 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Toshiba Corp. and NEC Corp. said they are backing the HD DVD format over the rival Blu-ray Disc scheme, announcing plans here on Wednesday (Oct. 20) to launch new notebook computers in 2005 with HD DVD drives.

Toshiba, Japan's largest notebook maker, will roll out in December 2005 high-end notebook computers equipped with an HD DVD drive. The price of the HD-DVD notebook is expected to be equivalent to or cheaper than current notebooks with DVD drives.

Speaking at an opening panel at WPC Expo 2004 here, Hisatsugu Nonaka, Toshiba's executive managing director, said HD DVD is "technology particularly critical for enabling PCs to take a lead in digital convergence by competing against digital consumer devices."

NEC also said it plans to launch HD DVD-equipped PCs next year. Toru Katayama, NEC's executive managing director, called HD DVD "one of the key technology breakthroughs for personal computers in 2005 and beyond."

By leveraging their strength in the PC market, Toshiba and NEC both early supporters of HD DVD hope to advance the DVD Forum's HD format in the emerging market for future high-definition DVD products based on blue laser technology. Toshiba and NEC are the first companies to unveil commercial plans for HD DVD-based products.

Sony Corp., one of the leading members in the Blu-ray Association, earlier revealed plans to support Blu-ray Discs in its third-generation PlayStation scheduled to be unveiled next May at the E3 Exhibition in Los Angeles.

Sony also plans to incorporate a Blu-ray drive in its Vaio computers, according to Kiyoshi Shikano, Sony's executive marketing director.

- Junko Yoshida

EE Times

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