updated 09:00 am EST, Fri January 5, 2007
Toshiba's desktop HD DVD
A new internal HD DVD drive for desktop computers has been announced by Toshiba, the standard's founder. The SD-H903A is a SATA drive that can read single- and dual-layer HD DVD discs, as well as most major rewritable formats, including DVD-R, DVD-R HD, DVD-RAM, CD-R and CD-RW. The drive can also burn all of the above formats with the notable exception of DVD-R HD, which is representative of most of the consumer HD DVD market. No pricing or distribution plans for the H903A have been revealed, but Toshiba has said that the first demonstration models will go out this month, and it will be on display at the Consumer Electronics Show next week.