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Toshiba SD-L912A Slim HD DVD-RW Drive Announced


Toshiba Brings World’s First Slim HD DVD Rewritable Drive to Mobile PCs; New HD DVD Rewrite Capabilities Turn Mobile PCs into Desktop Replacements with More Tools to Create High-Definition Content

Toshiba Storage Device Division (SDD) today announced the world’s first slim HD DVD-RW drive for mobile PCs, further extending high-definition recording capabilities to the IT arena. The new drive can read, write and rewrite to HD DVD-RW discs, as well as read and write to HD DVD-R discs and standard DVD and CD discs.

Toshiba’s SD-L912A enables mobile PCs to replace larger desktop systems in the home with this additional high-definition functionality. The drive allows backup of large-capacity PC hard disk drives to the reusable format of HD DVD-RW discs and provides capabilities to store data-rich, high-definition digital content. HD DVD-RW functionality also opens the door to a wide range of applications involving storage and rewriting of large volumes of data.

“High-definition broadcasting and increasing consumer interest in high-definition televisions and camcorders are spurring demand for a high-definition experience across the entire PC and consumer electronics ecosystem,” said Scott Maccabe, vice president and general manager of Toshiba Storage Device Division. “HD DVD is the best solution for transitioning to a high-definition world because it is compatible with existing DVD and CD technology. Our new rewritable drive will extend the functionality of HD DVD as a tool for creating and enjoying digital content in the mobile PC environment.”

Scheduled for sample shipments in July, the SD-L912A supports high-speed read and write for standard DVD and CD discs, including the complete library of DVD and CD formats. The new drive is compliant with the EU RoHS(1) directive on environmentally hazardous substances, which came into effect in July 2006.

Toshiba will feature the SD-L912A at Computex 2007 in Taipei, Taiwan, June 5-9, in the Toshiba Digital Media Network Taiwan Corporation booth (#B1234). For more information on Toshiba’s HD DVD offerings, visit


Model name SD-L912A
HD DVD-R SL(a) 2x;
HD DVD-R DL(a): 1x
HD DVD-RW SL(a): 1x;
HD DVD-RW DL(a): 1x
DVD-RAM: Max. 3x;
DVD-R SL(a): Max. 4x
DVD-R DL(a): Max. 2x;
DVD-RW: Max. 4x
DVD+R SL(a): Max. 4x;
DVD+R DL(a): Max. 2.4x
DVD+RW: Max. 4x;
CD-R: Max. 16x speed
CD-RW: 4x;
High Speed CD-RW: Max. 10x
Ultra Speed CD-RW: 10x Read
HD DVD-R SL(a): 2.4x;
HD DVD-R DL(a): 1x
HD DVD-RW SL(a) :1x
HD DVD-RW DL(a): 1x
HD DVD-ROM: 2.4x
DVD: Max. 8x;
CD: Max. 24x
Interface ATAPI
Buffer capacity 8MB
MTBF 60,000 hours
Power source +5V (allowance +/-5%)
Operating temperature (excluding media) 5-50 degrees C
External dimensions (W x H x D) 128.0mm x 12.7mm x 126.0mm
Weight 170g (typical)

(a) SL: single layer: DL: dual layer

About Toshiba Storage Device Division
Toshiba SDD, a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., leads the market in the development, design and manufacturing of small form factor 2.5-inch, 1.8-inch and 0.85-inch hard disk drives, as well as next-generation HD DVD storage products. Toshiba SDD markets high-quality peripherals to original equipment manufacturers, value-added resellers, value-added dealers, systems integrators and distributors in the United States. Inherent in the Toshiba storage family are the high-quality engineering and manufacturing capabilities that have established Toshiba products as worldwide leaders. For more information, visit

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