Toshiba SD-L912A HD DVD-RW slim Drive for Mobile PCs announced

Toshiba Logo Toshiba’s Storage Device Division (SDD) has just announced the world’s first slim HD DVD-RW drive, the SD-L912A for mobile PCs. This 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.

The Toshiba SD-L912A enables mobile PCs to replace larger desktop systems in the home due to the presence of this additional high-definition functionality.

The SD-L912A drive allows for a backup of large-capacity PC hard disk drives to the reusable format of HD DVD-RW discs and also provides capabilities to store data-rich, high-definition digital content.

Toshiba’s SD-L912A drive supports high-speed read and write for standard DVD and CD discs, including the complete library of DVD and CD formats. This drive is also compliant with the EU RoHS directive on environmentally hazardous substances, which came into effect in July 2006.

According to Scott Maccabe, vice president and general manager of Toshiba Storage Device Division, “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.”

“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,” he added.

Listed below are the specifications of the Toshiba SD-L912A HD DVD-RW drive:

  • Model Name: SD-L912A
  • Read Speed-
    HD DVD-R SL: 2.4x
    HD DVD-R DL: 1x
    HD DVD-RW SL: 1x
    HD DVD-RW DL: 1x
    HD-DVD ROM: 2.4x
    DVD: Max. 8x
    CD: Max. 2.4x
  • Write Speed-
    HD DVD-R SL: 2x
    HD DVD-R DL: 1x
    HD DVD-RW SL: 1x
    HD DVD-RW DL: 1x
    DVD-RAM: Max. 3x
    DVD-R SL: Max. 4x
    DVD-R DL: Max. 2x
    DVD-RW: Max. 4x
    DVD-R DL: Max. 2x
    DVD-RW: Max. 4x
    DVD+RW: Max. 4x
    CD-R: Max. 16x
    CD-RW: 4x
    High Speed CD-RW: Max. 10x
    Ultra Speed CD-RW: 10x
  • Interface: ATAPI
  • Buffer Capacity: 8MB
  • MTBF: 60,000 hours
  • Power Source: 5+V (allowance +/-5%)
  • Operating Temperature: 5-50 degrees C (excluding media)
  • External dimensions (WxHxD): 128mm x 12.7mm x 126mm
  • Weight: 170g

The Toshiba SD-L912A drive will be showcased at Computex 2007 in Taipei, Taiwan from June 5-9. Sample shipments of this drive have been scheduled for July 2007.