Thursday, September 18, 2014
Search
  
Submit your own News for
inclusion in our Site.
Click here...
Breaking News
Oracle's Ellison Steps Down
Qualcomm Announces Vuforia for Digital Eyewear, LTE Broadcast SDK, Demos Upcoming 810 SoC
Dropbox, Google, Open Technology Fund, Security Researchers Announce Simply Secure
Apple And U2 To Develop New Digital Music Format
AT&T Launches High-speed U-verse Service for Businesses
AMD Moves Closer To The Introduction Of Project FreeSync Monitors
Ericsson to Shut Modem Business
VIA Launches ARTiGO A900 Android System For IoT and M2M Deployments
Active Discussions
Yamaha CRW-F1UX
help questions structure DVDR
Made video, won't play back easily
Questions durability monitor LCD
Questions fungus CD/DVD Media, Some expert engineer in optical media can help me?
CD, DVD and Blu-ray burning for Android in development
IBM supercharges Power servers with graphics chips
Werner Vogels: four cloud computing trends for 2014
 Home > News > Optical Storage > Toshiba...
Last 7 Days News : SU MO TU WE TH FR SA All News

Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Toshiba to Release PC-use HD DVD Drives Next year


While Blu-ray Disc drives for PCs appear to the upper hand in the PC-use drive segment, Toshiba will also release half-height HD DVD drives next year.

Toshiba has not offered any PC-use HD DVD burners or drives since it launched a HD DVD drive model in the fourth quarter of 2006. Since then, the Japanese company has been conservative to release HD DVD drives for the after market (retail), focusing in the OEM market. The company delivers its slim-type HD DVD drives through its Quosmio notebooks, while Taiwanese notebook vendors, including Acer and Asustek, are also planning to offer high-end notebook PCs with built-in HD DVD drives later this quarter.

"We are concentrating for PC OEM because we believe this is the best way for HD DVD to be defacto-standard," explains Shigeyuki Miyazaki, Senior Manager of HD DVD Drive Product Planning, Toshiba. "Therefore, HD DVD Drive product for retail is now limited," he added.

On the other hand, LiteOn, Pioneer, Philips, Matsushita Electric Industrial (Panasonic), Samsung and HLDS have released BD drives, with HLDS to support both formats with its Super Multi Blue burners. LiteOn has also announced plans to release BD-ROM drive under its own brand soon, while Panasonic is also expected to debut a BD Combo (Blu-ray/HD DVD-ROM) drive later this quarter.

NEC had also showcased HD DVD drive prototypes for PCs in various technology shows in the last couple of years, although the company's merge with BD-backer Sony in the ODD business (Sony Nec Optiarc) changed NEC's plans to release HD DVD products for PCs. NEC actually has no Optical Disc Division now, with the company (Optiarc) to currently promote Blu-Ray drives for PCs.

Looking at the ongoing high-def format war, Toshiba's policy to focus on the release of more affordable consumer HD DVD players did worked, with the Japanese company to enjoy exceptionally booming sales of its HD-A2 HD DVD player in the North America market. Next year, Toshiba is also expected to release PC-use HD DVD drives for the retail market.

"Now we can see HD DVD PCs are increasing quantity, so we are considering the release of Half Height HD DVD Burner Drive for both OEM and Retail from mid of next year as the second step," Shigeyuki Miyazaki added.

Asustek, NU from Taiwan and Buffalo from Japan are main players for HD DVD drives for after market.

The introduction of the first half-height HD DVD drives for PCs is also expected to increase the demand for recordable HD DVD media (HD DVD-R). Japanese optical media maker Mitsubishi Kagaku media will release its second generation HD DVD-R media (2x) soon, although the company has not plans to make HD DVD-RW discs.


Previous
Next
Sony Announces PSP Firmware 3.80        All News        Gainward Releases 8800GT 1024MB Golden Graphic Cards
CyberLink Holiday Giveaways     Optical Storage News      Warner Exec Denies Blu-Ray Exclusivity Plans

Get RSS feed Easy Print E-Mail this Message

Related News
Toshiba to Develop New Transistor Series Using Latest Process Technology
Toshiba to Restructure Its PC Business
Toshiba 2014 4K UHD Models Now Available
Toshiba and SanDisk Celebrate the Opening of the Second Phase of Fab 5 and Start Construction of New Fab 2 Semiconductor Fabrication Facility
Toshiba Achieves world's Highest Rate of Quantum Encryption Key Data Distribution
Logitech Unveils Keyboard Designed For Your Computer, Smartphone and Tablet
Toshiba at IFA 2014
Toshiba Responds To Samsung, Introduces 3-Bit SSD
Toshiba's New Wearable Wristband Fitness Tracker Runs Two Weeks without Recharging
Toshiba Launches 8 Megapixel CMOS Image Sensor for Smartphones
Toshiba Launches 5TB Surveillance HDD
Toshiba to Release Wearable Biological Sensor

Most Popular News
 
Home | News | All News | Reviews | Articles | Guides | Download | Expert Area | Forum | Site Info
Site best viewed at 1024x768+ - CDRINFO.COM 1998-2014 - All rights reserved -
Privacy policy - Contact Us .