| Toshiba Launches World’s First(*1) Notebook PC
with HD DVD-ROM Drive in Japan
10 April, 2006
Qosmio G30/697HS Brings HD DVD Content
and Entertainment to a Portable PC
TOKYO—Toshiba Corporation today continued its roll out of next
generation HD DVD products with the announcement of the launch of the
world’s first notebook PC with an HD DVD-ROM drive. “Qosmio
G30/697HS” will be available in the Japanese market in mid May,
as the latest product in Qosmio line-up of AV notebook PC series. Along
with playback of HD DVD content, the new Qosmio can read and write to
current DVD and CD discs, including DVD+/-R DL (dual-layer) and DVD-RAM.*2
The groundbreaking Qosmio series has consistently redefined the capabilities
and performance of AV notebook computers. “Qosmio G30/697HS”
continues this tradition by being first in the world to integrate an HD
DVD-ROM drive. The slim-type 12.7mm-thick drive achieves this thin form
factor with an optical system requiring only a single objective lens to
read HD DVD discs and to read and write to DVDs and CDs. The PC’s
combination of a high-performance dual-core CPU, the “Intel®
CoreTM Duo Processor T2500 (operating frequency 2.00GHz),” and high-performance
graphics accelerator, the “NVIDIA®
GeForceTM Go 7600,” with advanced PC software technology delivers
stunning image quality in playback of HD DVD content.*2
The Qosmio G30/697HS integrates two TV tuners, one for digital terrestrial
broadcasts, the other for analog terrestrial broadcasts. As users watch
their choice of program -- analog or digital -- the separate tuners allow
them to record both, what they are watching as well as a program from
the other tuner all at the same time.
The most striking feature of the new Qosmio is its 17-inch diagonal widescreen,
full-HD liquid crystal display. This WUXGA display supports 1920 x 1200
pixel resolution, achieving true high definition and the ability to playback
HD DVD content (1920 x 1080 pixel). Beyond this, the new Qosmio also integrates
an HDMI output in its external interface, allowing the PC to be hooked
up to an HDTV and to act as the video source for a large-sized TVs or
home theater projectors.*2
Over the last year, Toshiba has marked 130 years of operation. During
this celebratory period the company has designated certain strategic new
products as “T130 Products”. Qosmio G30/697HS is positioned
as a “T130 Product”.
Outline of the New Product
As opportunities to enjoy high-definition content are increasing, as
broadband networks expand and TV makes the transition to high definition
digital broadcasts, consumers also want to see high definition content
on their computers as well as on TVs. With Qosmio, Toshiba leads the PC
industry in innovations to meet this growing demand. Among recent Qosmio
advances are a 17-inch diagonal widescreen display offering support for
full-HD, and the world’s first integrated support for digital terrestrial
broadcasting. Now Toshiba has taken another step into the digital future
with the introduction of “Qosmio G30/697HS,” expanding the
HD environment to include enjoyment of HD DVD package media. The new Qosmio
is the world’s first PC to support broadband, digital broadcasting
media, and HD DVD-ROM. Toshiba has brought the first notebook PC with
HD DVD-ROM drive to market to promote the early and fast penetration of
the next generation DVD format.
Key Features of Qosmio G30/697HS
1. World’s first notebook PC with HD DVD-ROM drive
- Qosmio G30/697HS is the world's first PC to integrate an HD DVD-ROM
drive, and does so with a slim-type drive only 12.7mm high. This is
achieved with on-drive optical system with a single objective lens able
to read HD DVD-ROM discs and read and write to DVDs and CDs.
- Playback of HD DVD content with high-definition picture quality and
high-quality sound made possible by HD DVD’s high density disc
storage.*2 The new Qosmio also supports
the HD DVD’s enhanced functionality of a “pop-up menu”.
While the full scope of its features will be content driven, it displays
menus and movie chapters while a movie is playing, allowing users to
search for functions or jump to a desired scene via the chapter guide.*2
- In addition to playback of HD DVD content, the Qosmio G30/697HS’s
integrated drive supports the functions of a DVD super-multi drive (HD
DVD-ROM/DVD super-multi drive) and can write to current format discs,
including DVD+/-R DL (dual-layer) and DVD-RAM.*2
2. High-performance AV notebook PC integrating a tuner for digital
- The Qosmio G30/697HS integrates two TV tuners, one for digital terrestrial
broadcasts, the other for analog terrestrial broadcasts. As users watch
their choice of program -- analog or digital -- the separate tuners
allow them to record two TV programs to the PC's HDD at the same time,
the one they are watching plus another from the alternate tuner.
- The 17-inch diagonal widescreen, full-HD LCD reproduces the stunning
high-definition content of HD DVD discs and digital terrestrial broadcasts.
- The Intel® Centrino®
Duo Mobile Technology Intel® CoreTM
Duo Processor T2500 offers strong support for editing motion images
and 3D games. An NVIDIA® GeForceTM
Go 7600 supports high-speed fine rendering of 3D graphics.
- A 1-bit digital amplifier and large-diameter harman/kardon®
bass-reflex stereo speakers deliver clear sound in all ranges, from
low to high.
3. Extension interface
- The Qosmio G30/697HS offers HDCP capable HDMI output for output of
a digital signal on a single cable without any compression of picture
or audio data. Users can enjoy the superb picture quality and clear
sound of HD DVD content and digital terrestrial broadcasting on a larger
screen by hooking it up to the Qosmio G30/697HS via the PC’s HDMI
- A full array of interfaces include 5.1ch digital audio output (S/P
DIF), RGB, S-Video output, i.LINK (IEEE1394), AV input (composite video
input, L/R audio input), and USB2.0 x 4.*2
||as of April 10, 2006
||General. Because HD DVD is a new format that
makes use of new technologies, certain disc, digital connection and
other compatibility and/or performance issues are possible.
HD DVD Application Logo (HD DVD-ROM) represents the optical drive’s
compliance with the HD DVD physical format, and does not represent
compliance with the specification for the HD DVD General Logo defined
by the DVD Forum. Advanced interactive and navigation features of
the HD DVD Video format including, but not limited to Picture in Picture
(PIP) and network download features are not supported by this product.
HD DVD Playback Capabilities. Depending on HD DVD content, you may
experience less smooth motion or lower performance. Viewing of HD
DVD content on external display requires an HDCP capable HDMITM
or DVI input.
Advanced Access Content System (AACS) keys are integrated into your
PC for copy protection purposes. Occasional renewal of the AACS key
is required, and easily done by connecting to the Internet. For more
information on AACS key, visit www.aacsla.com/home.
||Some content and discs may not be compatible.
||Depending on the picture source, such as TV,
DVD, external input, and playback of recorded images, features of
the QosmioEngine may not be operative. QosmioEngine is not operative
during playback of HD DVD and viewing and recording of digital terrestrial
||1GB is calculated on the basis that 1GB =
||According to JEITA’s measurement method
(Ver. 1.0). This is for a fully charged battery. Operating hours will
depend on operating environment. The product has a power saving function.
External power required for viewing HD DVD content.
- Name of products mentioned in this press release may be registered
trademarks or trademarks of specific companies.
- Intel, Intel Centrino, Intel Core, and Intel Celeron are registered
trademarks or trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in
the U.S. and other countries.
- Microsoft, Windows and OneNote are registered trademark or trademarks
of Microsoft Corporation in the U.S. and in other countries.
- Formal title of Windows is Microsoft Windows Operating System.
- i.LINK and i.LINK logo are trademarks.
- NVIDIA and GeForce are registered trademark or trademark of NVIDIA
- harman/kardon speaker is registered trademark of Harman International
- Memory Stick is trademark of Sony Corporation.
- xD-Picture Card is trademark of Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
- MultiMediaCard is trade mark of Infineon Technologies AG.
- SD Memory Card is trademark of Toshiba Corporation, Matsushita Electric
Industrial Co., Ltd. and SanDisk Corporation.
- HD DVD and DVD are trademarks of the DVD Format/Logo Licensing Corporation.
- HDMI is trademark of HDMI Licensing, L.L.C.
- Dolby is a registered trademark of Dolby Laboratories.
- DTS is a registered trademark of DTS, Inc.
- While Toshiba has made every effort at the time of publication to
ensure the accuracy of the information provided herein, product specifications
are subject to change without notice.