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Toshiba Satellite A665 3D-Ready Laptop Brings New Dimension to Entertainment

Laptop Delivers Immersive Entertainment Experience Powered by NVIDIA 3D Vision Technology

Toshiba Satellite A665 3D-Ready LaptopIRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Toshiba's Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced the introduction of its first 3D-ready laptop for the U.S. market.

The Satellite® A665 3D Edition laptop features a 15.6-inch diagonal TruBrite® widescreen LCD display1 with LED backlighting and a 120Hz refresh rate. NVIDIA® 3D Vision™ software and hardware technologies2 drive the stereoscopic 3D experience, delivering out-of-the-box compatibility with hundreds of PC games, as well as videos and photos. Equipped with a rewriteable Blu-ray Disc™ drive3, the A665 is also ready to support content playback in the Blu-ray 3D format as it becomes available in the marketplace4.

Encased in the all-new Fusion® X2 finish in Charcoal, the Satellite A665 laptop delivers enthusiast-class performance and features with the processing power of the Intel® Core™ i7 quad-core processor5 with TurboBoost technology, plus the NVIDIA® GeForce® GTS 350M graphics processing unit6 (GPU) with 1GB of GDDR3 video memory7. The NVIDIA 3D Vision kit, which comes standard with the Satellite A665, includes software, a pair of wireless active shutter glasses and an emitter, enables users to get in the action quickly with easy set-up and intuitive conversion of supported content for stereoscopic 3D viewing.

"With this active shutter 3D technology, we are able to provide consumers with dynamic, high-quality stereoscopic images right from the laptop screen," said Carl Pinto, vice president of product development, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. "We designed this system to support functionality that will become available in new drivers and software enhancements, so early adopters of 3D technology will be able to take advantage of new capabilities such as the ability to play Blu-ray 3D content and more."

"3D Vision technology is for more than just PC gamers," said Phil Eisler, general manager of 3D Vision technology at NVIDIA. "We are working closely with our partners to ensure a wealth of 3D content, including games, photos, movies and even the Internet can be fully enjoyed on a 3D laptop."

The Satellite A665 is also packed with premium multimedia features. Built-in harman/kardon® speakers deliver impressive sound while Dolby Advanced Audio™ further optimizes audio quality so games, movies and music sound more vivid and true to life. Toshiba's unique new Sleep-and-Music technology is also included, enabling users to play music from their MP3 players through the laptop's speakers – even while the laptop is powered down. For movie lovers, the laptop includes Toshiba's Resolution+™ DVD upconversion technology, which improves the quality of standard definition DVD content by boosting contrast, sharpness and saturation to near high-definition quality.

Rounding out the list of premium features is an LED backlit keyboard that provides convenience in low-light conditions, while raised-tile style keys deliver a comfortable typing experience. A wide TouchPad™ also offers multi-touch control for easier navigation, allowing users to pinch, swipe or zoom through files, applications and webpages.

"3D technology has captured a tremendous amount of mindshare in the display industry. Flat panel makers and graphics chip makers are developing next-generation technology to provide consumers with a rewarding 3D experience," said John Jacobs, director of notebook market research at DisplaySearch. "While much of the discussion has centered on the TV market, the notebook PC stands to become the next major platform for consuming 3D content. Toshiba's new Satellite puts them at the forefront of the 3D adoption curve."

Features available on the Toshiba Satellite A665 3D Edition include:

* 15.6-inch diagonal HD TruBrite™ LED Backlit widescreen display with 120Hz scan rate1
* Intel® Core™ i7-740QM quad core processor5 with TurboBoost technology
* NVIDIA® GeForce® GTS 350M with 1GB DDR3 discrete graphics memory6
* NVIDIA 3D Vision™ kit with active shutter 3D glasses and emitter
* Blu-ray Disc™ Rewriteable (RE) and DVD SuperMulti drive with LabelFlash3
* Premium audio with harman/kardon® stereo speakers and Dolby Advanced Audio™
* Windows® 7 Home Premium operating system
* 640GB hard drive8
* 802.11b/g/n wireless9 and 10/100/1000 Ethernet
* Bluetooth® V2.1 + EDR10
* Toshiba Hard Drive Impact Sensor
* TouchPad™ with Multi-touch Control
* 12-cell battery
* One eSATA/USB combo port with Toshiba USB Sleep-and-Charge11 and three USB 2.0 ports
* HDMI port
* Built-in Webcam with Toshiba Face Recognition
* Microphone input port with Toshiba Sleep-and-Music
* 5-in-1 Memory Card Reader and ExpressCard slots

Pricing and Availability

The Toshiba Satellite A665 3D Edition laptop will be available on June 20, 2010 at select retailers, e-tailers and directly from Toshiba (www.toshibadirect.com) with a starting price of $1,599.99 MSRP12.

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About Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. (TAIS)

Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., TAIS is comprised of four business units: Digital Products Division, Imaging Systems Division, Storage Device Division, and Telecommunication Systems Division. Together, these divisions provide mobile products and solutions, including industry leading portable computers; imaging products for the security, medical and manufacturing markets; storage products for automotive, computer and consumer electronics applications; and telephony equipment and associated applications.

TAIS provides sales, marketing and services for its wide range of information products in the United States and Latin America. TAIS is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation. Toshiba Corporation is a world leader and innovator in high technology, a diversified manufacturer and marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products. These products span from information & communications systems; digital consumer products; electronic devices and components; as well as power systems including nuclear energy; industrial and social infrastructure systems; and home appliances. Toshiba was founded in 1875, and today operates a global network of more than 740 companies, with 204,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing $68 billion (6.3 Trillion Yen). For more information on Toshiba visit www.toshiba.com.

© 2010 Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. All product, service and company names are trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks of their respective owners. Information including without limitation product prices, specifications, availability, content of services, and contact information is subject to change without notice. All rights reserved.

1 Display. Any small bright dots that may appear on your display are an intrinsic characteristic of the thin film transistors manufacturing technology. See Display Legal Footnote at www.info.toshiba.com
2 NVIDIA® 3D Vision™. Some individuals may experience health-related complications when exposed to certain 3D images. Parents should monitor and/or supervise their children's use of 3D Vision. If you or your child should experience any problem, immediately stop using 3D Vision and consult a physician. Carefully read safety instructions included with the NVIDIA 3D Vision kit and take the "User Vision Test" in the setup wizard before you or your child use 3D Vision. If you see excessive flicker in your peripheral vision, change the refresh rate of your display.
3 Blu-ray Disc™ Player Technology. Compatibility and/or performance issues are possible. See Blu-ray Disc Player Technology Legal Footnote at www.info.toshiba.com
4 Playback of 3D Blu-ray content will require future driver and software upgrades from NVIDIA and Toshiba, which can be downloaded via the web at http://support.toshiba.com.
5 Processor. CPU performance may vary. See Processor Legal Footnote at www.info.toshiba.com
6 Graphics. GPU performance may vary. See Graphics Legal Footnote at www.info.toshiba.com
7 Memory. Memory size may vary. See Memory Legal Footnote at www.info.toshiba.com
8 Hard Disk Drive Capacity. Hard drive capacity may vary. 1 Gigabyte (GB) means 109 = 1,000,000,000 bytes using powers of 10. See Hard Disk Drive Capacity Legal Footnote at www.info.toshiba.com
9 Wireless-N. The wireless adapter is based on a draft release version of the IEEE 802.11n specification and may not be compatible with, or support all features (e.g., security) of, certain Wi-Fi® equipment.
10 Wireless. May require purchase of additional software, external hardware, or services. Transmission speeds may vary. See Wireless Legal Footnote at www.info.toshiba.com
11 The "USB Sleep & Charge function" may not work with certain external devices even if they are compliant with the USB specification. In those cases, turn the power of the computer ON to charge the device.
12 Price. Reseller prices may vary. MSRP means "Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price."

Posted by Shane Sturgeon, June 15, 2010 6:27 AM

About Shane Sturgeon

Shane Sturgeon is the Co-Publisher and Chief Technologist of HDTV Magazine, an industry publication with HDTV roots going back to 1984, when Dale Cripps founded The HDTV Newsletter. Today, HDTV Magazine is a leading online resource for HDTV news and information and captures the eyes and imaginations of over 3 million visitors annually. Mr. Sturgeon has a background in information technology and has served in various consulting capacities for Fortune 500 companies such as J.P. Morgan Chase, Verizon Communications, Proctor & Gamble and Nationwide Insurance. He has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Wright State University.