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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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finally another SATA ODD !!
By Xajel on 1/6/2007 12:08:39 AM , Rating: 3
As I was guessing before the speeds of HD-DVD / BD-DVD will surly needs SATA not IDE, most ODD today only used ATA-66 ( not even 100 ), and some of them uses ATA-33 too...

surly they can go for ATA-100 or even ATA-133 but the move to SATA is more logical as in both ways they need to change the controller, just in case of SATA is bigger change.

now, just waiting for the universal writers with SATA interface :)
wow, this will be expensive !!

RE: finally another SATA ODD !!
By Missing Ghost on 1/6/2007 1:08:53 PM , Rating: 2
ATA-33 is fast enough for any optical drive, including this one. The sata interface is not chosen for speed here.

RE: finally another SATA ODD !!
By Axbattler on 1/6/2007 3:36:00 PM , Rating: 2
Well, if you are copying two DVDs on the fly from the same controller (not something I'd do), it is possible that ATA-33 will become a bottleneck. That said, there are DVDRW drives out there supporting ATA-66, and that is unlikely going to be insufficient in the mid term.

That said, I would welcome SATA optical drives, but pretty much just for the thinner cables. It's part of the legacy components I'd like to see gone.. physically at least.

I do welcome my motherboard bios's ability to emulate UDMA from SATA just in case, especially given that Windows XP SP2 does not include SATA drivers in the original CD.

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