Irvine, Calif., Oct. 2, 2006 – Toshiba Storage Device Division (SDD) today announced the world’s first HD DVD writer for integration into mobile PCs, enabling notebook PC users to write high-definition video content, while enjoying backward compatibility with all DVD and CD formats. Toshiba's SD-L902A integrates a blue-violet laser diode to read and write HD DVD-R discs and supports high-density HD DVD-ROM discs, including high-definition movie and video images. The drive also offers super-multi functionality, with high-performance read and write capabilities for all standard DVD and CD discs At only 12.7 millimeters in height, the SD-L902A meets the stringent space constraints of the mobile PC environment, since the HD DVD format has the same physical structure as standard DVD technology. As a result, the HD DVD writer uses an optical pick-up head with a single objective lens. With this next-generation DVD technology, mobile PC users can easily work with content in high-definition, while continuing to enjoy legacy DVD and CD material. “As high-definition digital media moves into the mainstream, consumers are adopting products that accommodate this improved image experience – from large-screen televisions to digital video camcorders and mobile PCs,” said Maciek Brzeski, vice president marketing, Toshiba Storage Device Division. “Toshiba's new HD DVD writer allows mobile PC manufacturers to integrate high-definition digital video editing capabilities into their products, giving consumers a complete high-definition experience for their original content.” Toshiba will demonstrate the SD-L902A Oct. 3-7 during CEATEC JAPAN 2006, at Makuhari Messe in the HD DVD Promotion Group booth (1A06) and the Toshiba Booth (1A09). Sample shipments are scheduled to start by the end of this year.