Providing high-definition video editing and content creation capabilities on desktop systems and media centers, the SD-H903A is the world's first half-height HD DVD writer, according to the Toshiba Storage Device Division. The device offers read and write support for legacy formats, allowing users to employ existing CD and DVD material along with high-definition DVD content. The SD-H903A integrates a blue-violet laser diode to read and write HD DVD-R disks and supports DVD-ROM disks, including high-definition movie and video images.
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 as 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 incorporates a Serial ATA interface for superior performance. With dual-layer disks, HD DVD provides 30 Gbytes of storage. OEM sampling of the SD-H903A is scheduled to start this month, with volume shipments planned for February. For additional information, visit www.toshiba.com.