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Toshiba to Bow HD-DVD Compatible Laptop in 2005

20 Oct, 2004 By: Erik Gruenwedel

As expected, Toshiba Corp. said it will introduce a line of laptop PCs that are equipped with HD-DVD technology; one of two next-generation DVD formats competing for market acceptance.

The notebook PCs, which would reportedly retail for more than $2,700, are expected to be available along with HD-DVD players and recorders by the fourth quarter of 2005.

Toshiba is a primary force driving industry acceptance of HD-DVD.

Separately, Japanese-based I-O Data Device announced this week that in November it would launch an HD-DVD player compatible with DVD compression technology from San Diego-based DivX Networks for about $250.

Sony, which is backing the competing Blu-ray format, has pledged to launch related DVD products, including home videos from Columbia TriStar in 2005.

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