Toshiba Offers First Ever Desktop HD DVD Writer

Toshiba introduces the world's first half-height HD DVD writer, providing high-definition video editing and content creation capabilities on desktop systems and media centers using this increasingly popular next-generation DVD technology. Like Toshiba's slim-line HD DVD writer launched in 2006, the new SD-H903A provides read and write support for legacy formats, enabling users to enjoy existing CD and DVD material along with high-definition DVD content.

Designed for single-bay desktop PCs with its multi-functional capabilities, Toshiba's SD-H903A is a suitable solution for professional high-definition content creation. In addition, consumers can capture content, edit home videos and create vast digital content repositories for movies, music and photos. With dual layer discs, HD DVD provides 30GB of storage capacity, which can accommodate up to eight hours of HD DVD movie content with extended cuts and interactive features, up to five full-length standard DVD films, up to 7,500 MP3 songs or up to 30,000 high-quality images.

In addition, HD DVD provides massive data back-up capabilities for commercial applications. This functionality is suited for archiving graphic, legal, financial and technical data, which require reliable, high-quality back-up solutions. Featuring six times better resolution than standard DVD, the HD DVD format delivers an enhanced viewing experience with brighter colors and greater detail, using the same physical structure of standard DVD technology. As a result, the SD-H903A allows PC and CE manufacturers to make a smooth and affordable transition to high-definition offerings from existing DVD platforms. The SD-H903A features a Serial ATA interface for superior performance.

Toshiba's SD-H903A integrates a blue-violet laser diode to read and write HD DVD-R discs and supports high-density HD DVD-ROM discs, including high-definition movie and video images.

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