Taipei, Tuesday, July 26, 2016 01:51 (GMT+8)
thunderstorms
Taipei
31°C
Toshiba launches second-generation HD DVD players in Japan
Press release, November 15; Emily Chuang, DIGITIMES [Wednesday 15 November 2006]

Toshiba today announced the launch of its second-generation HD DVD players in the Japanese market. The company will roll out two new players, the HD-XF2 and HD-XA2, from late December.

The new HD DVD players are smaller and offer improved speed in loading and response times over the HD-XA1, which Toshiba introduced to the market in March 2006. The new high-end HD-XA2 supports Deep Color technology, an optional standard under HDMI that improves representation of color tones and achieves finer color gradation.

At 65.5mm, HD-XF2 achieves the industry lowest height of any next generation digital high-definition player (as of November 15, 2006), according to Toshiba.

Through the HDMI interface, high-definition pictures stored on a disc can be displayed digitally in HD, on digital TVs and displays that incorporate HDCP capable HDMI input. Through the HDMI interface, standard definition DVDs can be up-converted to an output resolution of 720p or 1080i (1080p for HD-XA2), to complement the performance of a HDTV. HD-XA2 integrates a 1080p compatible up-scaler and a high performance IP converter that supports Deep Color technology to achieve finer color gradation.

In addition to prerecorded DVD software, the new players support playback of DVD-R and DVD-RW discs. The players are also compatible with music CDs and can play back CD-R and CD-RW discs, according to Toshiba.

Both players offer advanced navigation and interactive features unique to the HD DVD format. A Picture in Picture (PIP) function include the ability to play supplementary video over the main program, allowing viewers to watch bonus content, The players' "pop-up menu" displays movie chapters with thumbnails while the movie plays, and allows users to navigate menu features without pausing playback. HD-XF2 and HD-XA2 support AACS (Advanced Access Content System), the next generation content protection system.

The new HD DVD players comply with the European Union's RoHS directive, which came into force in July 2006.

Toshiba's HD-XF2 HD DVD player

Toshiba's HD-XF2 HD DVD player
Photo: Company

Toshiba's HD-XA2 HD DVD Player

Toshiba's HD-XA2 HD DVD player
Photo: Company

Realtime news
  • Digitimes Research: Taiwan sees decreased smartphone ODM/OEM shipments in 2Q16

    Mobile + telecom | 5h 22min ago

  • Panel cutting service provider Nanoplus to debut on Taiwan emerging stock market, says paper

    Displays - Newswatch | 5h 22min ago

  • Pepper enters into Taiwan service market

    Before Going to Press | 5h 11min ago

  • Wi-Fi Alliance to launch certification for compatibility with WiGig MMW technology

    Before Going to Press | 5h 17min ago

  • Notebook players less aggressive about using USB Type C

    Before Going to Press | 5h 17min ago

  • Posiflex Technology nets NT$4.25 per share for 1H16

    Before Going to Press | 5h 40min ago

  • Shunfeng International Clean Energy loses CNY246 million in 1H16 due to inability to get PV power on grid

    Before Going to Press | 5h 41min ago

  • Taiwan market: Samsung Electronics to launch smartphone/table hybrid Galaxy Tab J

    Before Going to Press | 5h 41min ago

  • Chip orders for notebooks from Huawei and Xiaomi falling, say sources

    Before Going to Press | 5h 42min ago

  • 2Q16 global smart watch shipments down 32% on year, says IDC

    Before Going to Press | 5h 42min ago

  • Panel cutting service provider Nanoplus to debut on Taiwan emerging stock market in August

    Before Going to Press | 5h 43min ago

  • Holtek 2Q16 profits rise 20% sequentially

    Before Going to Press | 5h 43min ago

  • Win Semi looks to up to 5% revenue growth in 3Q16

    Before Going to Press | 5h 43min ago

  • Component makers to see weak orders for tablets and wearables

    Before Going to Press | 5h 44min ago

  • Raydium reports NT$2.69 EPS for 1H16

    Before Going to Press | 5h 45min ago

Pause
 | 
View more
Taiwan server shipment forecast and industry analysis, 2016
Display panels for wearable devices
The transition to 4k TV - UHD TV market forecast, 2014-2017
  • Wireless broadband developments in Southeast Asia markets

    As of 2013, the 10 ASEAN nations had a total of over 700 million mobile subscriptions, with the CAGR from 2003-2013 reaching 24%. This Digitimes Research Special Report analyzes the various mobile broadband markets in ASEAN and looks at the respective trends in 4G LTE development for those markets.

  • 2015 global tablet demand forecast

    This Digitimes Research Special Report provides a 2015 forecast for the global tablet market and analyzes the strategies of key market players such as Google, Apple, Intel, and Microsoft.

  • 2015 China smartphone panel trend forecast

    This Digitimes Research Special Report analyzes the strategies of key China-based major panel makers BOE, Tianma and IVO for attacking the different market segments through technology and pricing, and their relationship to local vendors Huawei, Lenovo, ZTE, Xiaomi and Coolpad.