TOKYO Toshiba Corp. will begin sampling a low-profile rewritable HD-DVD drive for notebook PCs in July.
Dubbed the SD-L912A, the 12.7-mm-high drive, with an ATAPI interface, can write and read HD-DVD-RW (rewritable) disks in both single-layer (15-Gbyte) and dual-layer (30-Gbyte) formats. It also supports single- and dual-layer HD-DVD-R (recordable) write-once disks, as well as legacy DVDs and CDs.
Toshiba announced the development of a write-once HD-DVD-R drive last October and introduced a notebook incorporating the drive early this year. For the time being, "Toshiba will supply the rewritable HD DVD-RW disk as a strategic product," a spokeswoman said.
About a year ago, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. introduced a similarly low-profile Blue-ray drive that writes and reads single-layer (25-Gbyte) and dual-layer (50-Gbyte) BD-RE and BD-R disks.