Toshiba's Storage Division today announced its combined CD-R/DVD-R drive for portable computers – the "industry's first combination DVD/CD recordable drive for mobile computers", the company claims.

Called the SD-R6012, the drive promises portable computers the burning capabilities enjoyed by their desktop counterparts. Apple added its CD-RW/DVD-R SuperDrive to the Power Mac in February 2001.

The solution is based on the DVD-R/RW format, which Toshiba calls the "most widely compatible DVD standard". It weighs just 0.2Kg.

James Armour, European engineering expert in the division, said: ""Consumers are looking to create, edit, and burn both work-related and personal digital video productions no matter where they are. With this lightweight combination drive, Toshiba is the first in the market to bring DVD recording to the mobile computing world."

He continued: "DVD is expected to replace videotape, has already replaced the laser disc, and will eventually replace CD-ROM/RW technology to become the de facto standard for home entertainment and lifestyle computing."

The drive supports DVD-R/RW at 1x, writing, CD-R/RW at 16x/10x respectively, and reads DVDs at 8x and CDs at 24x.