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HD DVD-RW drive for laptops slims down

Posted: 06 Jun 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:HD DVD-RW? Toshiba laptop drives? Computex 2007?

Toshiba Corp. is set to showcase the SD-L912A rewriteable HD DVD drive for laptops at this week's Computex 2007 in Taiwan. The half-inch thick drive can read, write and rewrite to HD DVD-RW discs, as well as read and write to HD DVD-R discs and standard DVDs and CDs.

If the storage and editing of high-definition content increases as expected, then consumers will likely need additional storage capacity. Spurring demand for storage outside of a PC's hard drive are such devices as HD camcorders, Toshiba said. In addition, the increasing number of HDTVs is driving the overall demand for HD content.

During the 2006 holiday season, for instance, LCD TVs capable of playing HD content led sales in consumer electronics, according to the NPD Group. Spending on LCD TVs soared by 109 percent over 2005 to $924 million.

The write speed for the new drives ranges from 4x to 16x, depending on the disc being written to. Reading speeds have a maximum of 8x on a DVD and 24x on a CD. A single-layer disc can store up to 20Gbytes of information, which is about four times more than a standard DVD disc.

The Japanese company plans to start shipping samples to PC makers next month, Toshiba said in a statement.

- Antone Gonsalves
InformationWeek




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