Toshiba unveils first slim HD DVD write drive for notebook PCs

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Toshiba has announced the world’s first slim HD DVD drive for notebook PCs that can read and write to HD DVD, standard DVD and CD discs.

The SD-L902A drive integrates a blue-violet laser diode that can read and write to HD DVD-R discs, as well as offering support for high-density HD DVD-ROM discs, including high definition movie and video images. And to make life easy, it’s got all the functionality of a super multi-drive, with high-speed read and write to all standard DVD and CD format discs. At only 12.7mm in height, it meets the space specifications for slim drives integrated into notebook PCs (helped by HD DVD discs being of similar size to standard DVDs).

Toshiba will be demonstrating the drives in the coming weeks, but has yet to commit to a retail date – although early 2007 seems likely.

Toshiba website

Dave Walker