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Toshiba's newest recorder is for OEMs only

Toshiba today announced (PDF) a new HD DVD recorder, the SD-H903A. The SD-H903A sports a regular 5.25” form factor coupled with a SATA interface which makes it ideal for desktop and home theater PC systems.  The drive is also compatible with other optical disc formats including various DVD and CD formats as well.

As the SD-H903A is a first generation HD DVD recorder the write speeds are limited to 1x on HD DVD-R and HD DVD-R DL media. DVD-R and DVD+R write speeds are limited to 8x and 2.4x on DL media. CD-R writing speed is also limited at 10x, disappointingly.

“HD DVD adoption is growing rapidly in all applications – from gaming to A/V editing.  With its remarkable resolution, higher storage capacity and interactive offerings, HD DVD brings a superior media experience to consumers.  Toshiba’s new writer will greatly transform current PC offerings,” said Scott Maccabe, vice president and general manager, Toshiba Storage Device Division. 

Users expecting to purchase the SD-H903A for their desktop or home theater PC systems will be disappointed as Toshiba is only shipping the drive to OEMs. Toshiba expects to begin sampling the SD-H903A to OEMs later this month. 

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It ia about time...
By gsellis on 1/5/2007 2:33:13 PM , Rating: 2
Finally, it is closer to real. Now I need to go find out how fast 1X is.

RE: It ia about time...
By dubldwn on 1/5/2007 2:50:18 PM , Rating: 1
It's 10 times as fast as .1 times. But that's slow enough to make it a deal breaker. Not sure what's taking so long to get a respectable writer out there...I guess it's so they can overcharge the early adopter.

RE: It ia about time...
By IsDanReally on 1/5/2007 2:58:19 PM , Rating: 2
According to the specs on a NEC HD-DVD reader, HD DVD: 2x (9349 kB/s), so 1x is half that :)

RE: It ia about time...
By dubldwn on 1/5/2007 3:33:58 PM , Rating: 2
For comparison, apparently blu-ray does 9MB/s at 2x as well.

RE: It ia about time...
By borowki on 1/5/2007 5:07:40 PM , Rating: 2
The data transfer rate of HD-DVD is 36 mbps. So I guess 1x means burning around 4 meg per second. One gig would take almost five minutes.

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