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Toshiba debuts HD DVD

Toshiba has premiered its first notebook equipped with a high definition DVD writer in Japan.

The Qosmio SD-L902A drive, which is expected to begin shipping next month, measures just 12mm in height, and weighs only 170g.

The optional HD DVD drive is designed for slimline wireless notebooks and boasts an 8MB buffer capacity and an ATAPI interface.

Toshiba claims the slimline drive was made possible by developments in optical drive technology that has allowed notebook vendors to equip disk drives with a blue-violet laser diode that is capable of both reading and writing on HD DVDs.

“More and more people are also using digital video and want a platform for editing and working on their material,” a Toshiba spokesperson said.

“This trend is also spurring demand for PCs with high definition optical drive capabilities.”

The HD DVD drive is expected to be launched in the Middle East early next year.

The general manager for Toshiba in the Middle East and Africa, Ahmed Khalil, attributed the delay to the lack of availability of HD DVD disks in both regions.

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