The CEATEC Japan 2005 started today in Japan. Toshiba and the HD DVD Promotion Group will use this venue to demonstrate that their HD DVD is real.
Toshiba shows a prototype HD DVD connected to Toshiba's "Z1000" series (Toshiba's new high definition TVs). The CEATEC Toshiba booth will also feature HD DVD discs and notebook PC integrating a slim HD DVD read drive.
More details in these Toshiba press-releases:
HD DVD is REAL
Toshiba HD DVD Player
Toshiba also published a response to Paramount's announcement to support both HD DVD and Sony's Blu-ray.
Feature Summary of HD DVD:
HD DVD is standardized by the DVD Forum, the international association of some 240 companies, and its physical, file and application formats have been all approved by the Forum.
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In addition to a versatility that assures support for many applications,
including players, recorders, PCs and automotive devices, HD DVD's main features
1) The same disc structure as DVD, two 0.6mm-thick polycarbonate discs bonded back-to-back, makes it much easier for HD DVD to achieve backward compatibility with DVD. It also assures easier manufacturing of discs and hardware devices, resulting in lower manufacturing costs.
2) Robust playability, with no need for a disc cartridge to protect against surface blemishes and fingerprints.
3) The ability to meet all capacity demands. The DVD Forum has approved HD DVD-ROM discs with a data capacity of 30GB, and higher capacities are on the way. High data capacity is achieved by adopting a shorter wavelength blue-violet laser and advanced data processing technologies, assuring the ability to store large capacity data sources including high-definition images.
4) Adoption of iHD technology to deliver enhanced user interactivity on PCs and assures optimization for both AV and PC applications.