Toshiba today announced the SD-L912A, the world's first slim HD DVD-RW drive for notebook PCs that can read and write and rewrite to HD DVD-RW discs, and read and write to HD DVD-R discs and to standard DVD and CD discs.
Sample shipments of the new drive are scheduled to start next month, the Japanese company said.
The new SD-L912A makes it possible to backup the large capacities of PC hard drives to the reusable format of HD DVD-RW discs, and store HD digital content. The drive's ability to rewrite to HD DVD-RW also opens the way to a wide range of applications involving storage and rewriting of large volumes of data. The drive supports writing on both single layer and double layer HD DVD-R and HD DVD-RW discs. Hitachi Maxell and Mitsubishi Chemicals Media are axpected to release the first HD DVD-RW media in July.
The new product also supports high speed read and write for standard DVD and CD discs, and the complete library of different DVD and CD formats.
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 June 5 to 9.