Toshiba announced the world's first HD-DVD writer today, offering a slim form-factor for the new hi-definition media which can be integrated into notebook computers.

The device will be able to read and write HD-DVD's, as well as read and write capabilities for DVD's and CD's, the firm said. The small size will make it attractive for notebook manufactures or consumers looking to upgrade their current notebook drives.

Toshiba's new HD DVD writer allows mobile PC manufacturers to integrate high-definition digital video editing capabilities into their products, giving consumers a complete high-definition experience for their original content.

Toshiba will demonstrate the SD-L902A Oct. 3-7 during CEATEC JAPAN 2006.