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  • 8 September 2006 11:30

Toshiba introduces gigabeat - portable ‘media centre’

Sydney, 6 September 2006: Toshiba (Australia) Pty Limited Information Systems Division (ISD) today launched its new gigabeat S series of portable, digital audio and video players that allow users to store and watch recorded TV programs, video and photos, as well as listen to music*.

The gigabeat uses Microsoft Windows Portable Media Center software, enabling simple management and sharing of content, including with Windows XP Media Center Edition PCs and Xbox 360s:

­Consumers can watch TV shows and movies on their gigabeat that have been recorded via their Windows Media Center PCs.

­Consumers can listen to music via their Xbox 360 by plugging the gigabeat into the games console, which will then display song information automatically.

­The gigabeat can be directly connected to most popular digital cameras so consumers can store and view photos on their gigabeat, while syncing back to their notebook or PC for permanent storage.

Available in either white (S30) or black (S60), the gigabeat S comes with a 30GB or 60GB hard drive, both with a 2.4-inch QVGA LCD colour screen with 320 x 240 resolution and more than 65,536 colours.

Other features of the gigabeat S series include:

FM radio tuner;

­Extended battery life (12 hours of audio and up to 2.5 hours of video);

­Familiar Windows Mobile software navigation;

Compatible with popular media file formats, including .wma, .wmv, .wav, JPEG, and MP3;

­The ability to view videos and photos in normal or landscape mode; and A/V cables and output supplied as standard for connection to most televisions, so users can watch downloaded movies, videos and photos.

“By committing to the Windows Mobile-based Portable Media Center platform, we are excited to be working alongside Microsoft to develop devices that deliver a range of content,” said Matt Codrington, product marketing manager, Toshiba ISD. “With the new S series, consumers have a range of entertainment choices to enjoy wherever they like.”

Pricing and availability:

gigabeat S30 (30GB)available in White : RRP AU$429 including GST

gigabeat S60 (60GB) available in Black: RRP AU$569 including GST

The gigabeat S series is available now from authorised Toshiba retailers, distributors and resellers.

* Music, recorded TV shows and movies can be downloaded from digital content websites and may be subject to copyright restrictions

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About Toshiba - Australia

Toshiba’s Information Systems Division (ISD) is a division of Toshiba (Australia) Pty Limited which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, the ninth largest integrated manufacturer of electric and electronic equipment, with around 161,000 employees worldwide, and annual sales of over AU $73 billion on a consolidated basis.

Unique among vendors, Toshiba ISD specialises exclusively in mobile solutions and services. A global reputation for quality has been achieved through an R&D budget roughly equal to Australia’s total expenditure as a country in this area.

Since it pioneered the notebook market in 1985, Toshiba ISD has sold more than 1.75 million notebooks in Australia and New Zealand and is this year celebrating its 21st anniversary of providing market leading mobile computing solutions.

Committed to People, Committed to the Future. Toshiba. For further press information please contact:

Evelyn Chong or Caroline Hendra Howorth Communications Ph: 02 8281 3810

Kristie O’Dwyer Toshiba Australia Pty Limited Ph: 02 9887 8120

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