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Toshiba Brings Wide Lineup of Latest Advances to CES 2006

5 January, 2006

Las Vegas, Nevada, January 4, 2006 and Tokyo, Japan, January 5, 2006--Toshiba Corporation today announced the diverse line-up of technologies and systems that the Company will bring to the Consumer Electronics Show, CES 2006, in Las Vegas. At CES, Toshiba will look to tomorrow and demonstrate its total commitment to innovation and excellence in digital products.

HDstyle, gigastyle, Netstyle
Toshiba is in the forefront of developing differentiated digital technologies and know-how that will shape the future and bring excitement and comfort to more affluent lifestyles through three key concepts: HDstyle, gigastyle and Netstyle.

"HDstyle" allows Toshiba to draw on matchless strengths to deliver innovation and new levels of consumer satisfaction in high-definition products. "gigastyle" celebrates advances in HDD miniaturization and capacity and the exciting capabilities HDD bring to home TVs, DVD recorders, and to mobile products, including digital music players. "Netstyle" reflects capabilities in essential networking technologies, DLNA and more, that support Toshiba's progress in network development.

Major Exhibits of New Technologies

HD DVD Home Theater
TV is moving fast toward high definition digital broadcasts, stimulating demand for next generation high definition optical discs. HD DVD meets this demand with compelling picture and sound quality and a new level of interactivity.

In the HD DVD Home Theater at Toshiba booth, visitors can see the immediate future: a demonstration of one of the HD DVD players that Toshiba will launch in the U.S. in March this year. Home theater lovers can look forward to HD DVD movie clips from Hollywood studios on Toshiba's 72-inch, high-definition DLP projection TV.

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HD DVD AV Notebook PC
Toshiba brings high-definition imaging to portable computing with the development of the world's first notebook PC integrating a slim-type HD DVD drive. Toshiba's AV notebook PC "Qosmio" with HD DVD read drive will show visitors the advanced AV capabilities next generation DVD will bring to computers and computing. A concept model of an external HD DVD drive with USB connection will also be on display.

SED Theater
Experience the superb image quality of SED at the SED theater. The 36-inch screens on displays demonstrate how SED—the Surface-conduction Electron-emitter Display—combines sleek, flat panel lines with the superior performance of a CRT. Like a CRT, the SED shoots electrons at a phosphor-coated screen to emit light. But SED does it with electron emitters for each individual pixel in the display, not an electron gun shooting at the whole screen. Created through joint development work by Toshiba and Canon, the SED is the next-generation route to high definition images offering high brightness, contrast and color gradation levels, as well as fast video-response performance and low power consumption.

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Flatbed 3-D Displays
Toshiba's breakthrough display technology delivers the power of 3-D images on flatbed displays with no need for special glasses. New areas of 3-D application realized by the technology include arcade games, e-learning, simulations of buildings and landscapes—even 3-D menus in restaurants. Toshiba has already announced 24-inch and 15.4-inch displays, and CES will see the debut of the latest model, a 7.2-inch small-size display that shows how Toshiba is bringing 3-D capabilities to mobile applications.

Detachable Display
Toshiba's detachable display brings a new level of freedom to personal computing, especially tablet computing. The detachable display works as normal notebook display when attached to the PC. Separated, it's light and ultra-portable, and, like a good book, allows the user to curl up in a comfortable place—and still stay productive. The detachable display is particularly suitable for business meetings: the display alone can be taken to meetings and used to read documents, and even write memos. It is also a strong tool in sales presentation, especially one-on-one explanations. Thanks to the IEEE802.11g wireless connectivity built into the prototype, all on-screen updates are processed and displayed in real time, while input via the stylus are transmitted to the main body.

Direct Methanol Fuel Cell (DMFC) for Notebook PC
Toshiba's global leadership in fuel cells is embodied in the prototype direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) powering a PORTEGE M300, B5-sized notebook PC. The DMFC runs on a methanol-oxygen fuel mix, and generates and supplies power directly to the PC. With an energy density up to several times that of a typical lithium-ion battery, the DMFC delivers much longer continuous operation.

A methanol fuel cell delivers power most efficiently when the methanol is mixed automatically with water and diluted to the optimum concentration. Without this capability, the fuel cartridge is much too large for use with portable equipment. Toshiba's system uses methanol at a high concentration and dilutes it with the water that is a by-product of the power generation process. The result is that methanol can be stored at a concentration able to produce considerable energy in a fuel cartridge less than one-tenth of the size of those in DMFC systems announced by other companies.

Wireless USB on Ultra Wideband
High-speed wireless streaming is here. Toshiba will demonstrate high speed video transfer between a gigashot HDD video camera equipped with a USB-compatible transmitter and a PC with a USB-compatible receiver. The transmitter and receiver are based on the Ultra Wideband spec, a new wireless access technology offering very high-speed connectivity at data rate of 480Mbps.

Digital Living Network
As broadband networks and digital devices sweep into the home, Toshiba is in the forefront of linking them seamlessly in interoperable networks. The CES demonstration shows just how easy it can be to share video, audio and pictures, in a three-part demonstration: viewing still images delivered from a PC to a TV; watching programs recorded on a HDD and DVD recorder on a PC or TV; and TV playback of video taken with a gigashot, Toshiba's HDD video camera.

Toshiba supports the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) design guidelines version1.0, an open standard for home networks of digital consumer products. The demonstration follows DLNA guidelines to achieve a powerful, flexible network that adds to quality of life.

Downloadable digital photographs related to these exhibits can be found at

Toshiba's major presence at CES will also include exhibits of Open Cable Uni-directional Receiver (OCUR), digital TVs, PCs and other digital products.

Information in the press releases, including product prices and specifications, content of services and contact information, is current on the date of the press announcement,but is subject to change without prior notice.

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