Toshiba is the first to come out with an HD DVD burner for your PC, the SD-H903A. This SATA connected burner will burn HD DVD’s at 1x with higher speeds for some of the other formats. The writer is compatible with both single and dual layer HD DVD-R’s and supports all of the following media as well: CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R and dual layer DVD’s. It has an 8 MB buffer to keep it running smoothly.
I wouldn’t worry too much about the HD DVD burning speed, it will probably be 8x before you know it. With the highest density dual layer HD DVD’s holding up to 30 GB, faster writing will be a necessity. They plan to start volume shipments in February and will be displaying the drive at CES next week where they will hopefully be announcing pricing as well.