Toshiba Unveils Innovative Sleep-and-Charge USB Ports: Newly Designed Satellite Laptops Capable of Powering and Charging Electronic Products When Off, On or in Sleep Mode

Toshiba's Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced that its newly designed Satellite laptops are equipped with innovative Sleep-and-Charge USB ports, which make it possible to charge and power electronic devices no matter if the laptop is powered-on, off or in sleep mode.

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Toshiba has long been a leader of innovation, and prides itself on creating solutions that make the digital lifestyle even better

IRVINE, Calif. (PRWEB) April 1, 2008

    "Toshiba has long been a leader of innovation, and prides itself on creating solutions that make the digital lifestyle even better," said Jeff Barney, vice president of marketing, Digital Products Division, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. "With the development of the Sleep-and-Charge USB ports, Toshiba has developed an innovative technology that helps ensure that our digital products are ready for use at the moment we need them."

A common shortcoming among today's laptops is that USB ports are only powered while the computer is on or in use. Once the laptop is turned off or placed in sleep mode the powered ports become dormant, leaving devices such as MP3 players, mobile phones, digital cameras or PDAs without a full battery charge. Toshiba's innovative Sleep-and-Charge technology eliminates this problem by allowing users to charge and power their devices simultaneously via USB in a variety of power settings. While off or in sleep mode, as long as the laptop is plugged into an outlet, users are able to charge their devices at any time.

Toshiba's four redesigned Satellite model series, the Satellite U400, Satellite M300, Satellite A300 and Satellite P300 are each standard equipped with Toshiba's Sleep-and-Charge USB ports. Each Satellite model series will be available from a variety of major consumer electronics and computer stores nationwide, or directly from Toshiba at http://www.toshibadirect.com.

All new Toshiba notebooks are RoHS-compatible(1), effectively reducing the environmental impact by restricting the use of lead, mercury and certain other hazardous substances. Toshiba also offers a computer trade-in and recycling program to reduce environmental impact and promote efficient utilization of resources. All Toshiba computers qualify for free recycling, while non-Toshiba computers and other consumer electronic products can be recycled for a small fee. For more information please visit: http://www.reuse.toshiba.com.

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; projectors; 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, which is a global leader in high technology and integrated manufacturing of electrical and electronic components, products and systems, as well as major infrastructure systems. Toshiba has more than 191,000 employees worldwide and annual sales of over US $60 billion (FY2006). For more information on Toshiba's leading innovations, visit the company's Web site at http://www.toshiba.com.

1. RoHS. This product is compatible with European Union Directive 2002/95/EC. See RoHS legal footnote at http://www.info.toshiba.com.

(C) 2008 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.

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