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jmke 15th June 2004 00:31

Seagate Rolls Out 400 GB SATA Drives
 
DISC DRIVE LEADER SEAGATE INCREASES PC HARD DRIVE CAPACITIES TO 400GB, UNVEILS NEW PORTABLE AND POCKET EXTERNAL DRIVES

Industry experts state these new products put Seagate at the forefront of rapidly evolving consumer storage trends

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif.14 June 2004 Seagate Technology (NYSE:STX) announced today it has greatly expanded its line of personal computing hard drives, unveiling new internal and external hard drives with 400GB capacities, a new small footprint portable external hard drive with up to 100GB capacity and the world's first pocket external hard drive. Built on the most advanced hard drive technology platforms in the industry, each new hard drive is designed to make data storage, backup and transfer more reliable and easier than ever to meet a variety of consumers' personal computing needs.



Seagate adds new capacities to the award-winning Barracuda family with the new Barracuda 7200.8, offering storage solutions optimized for personal computing.
Back up your valuable data on a Seagate External Hard Drive, Internal Hard Drive or our new Seagate USB2 Pocket Hard Drive.

Read more about Seagate's new innovations in Personal Storage


The new Barracuda 7200.8 disc drive offers PC makers and consumers the industry's highest areal density with 400GB on a three-disc platform, a new cache size up to 16 Mbytes, a choice of an Ultra ATA interface or the industry's first native Serial ATA (SATA) interface with native command queuing (NCQ), and remains the quietest PC hard drive on the market. Seagate will also offer the new 400GB capacity in its award-winning desktop Seagate External Hard Drive, which is perfect for using less desktop space and travels well with notebook PCs while still offering a 100GB capacity. The new Seagate USB2 Pocket Hard Drive is the first tiny USB-compatible 5GB drive consumers can pop in their pocket or backpack to carry data wherever they go, thanks to its tough-but-cute hard case.

"With the variety of applications served by its new product line, Seagate, the hard drive category leader, is unveiling an unparalleled combination of capacities, sizes, functions and usability, with among the most advanced specifications on the market. The announcement of these products puts Seagate at the forefront of rapidly evolving consumer storage trends," said John Kim, vice president of TrendFOCUS, a Los Altos, California-based market intelligence firm.

"With the industry's highest available capacities, the new Barracuda 7200.8 disc drive enables PC makers and System Integrators to qualify one family of drives from a trusted supplier for a wide range of personal storage applications," said Brian Dexheimer, Seagate executive vice president of Global Sales and Marketing. "Our new line of External Hard Drives in various sizes and capacities provides the greatest choice to consumers with widely varied needs. Coming from the world's most experienced hard drive maker, Seagate storage will give customers years of reliable service and top performance."

Barracuda 7200.8

Barracuda 7200.8 disc drives, the newest generation of the world's most popular PC hard drive family, provide up to 400GB and fast performance with new cache sizes up to 16-Mbytes, a 7,200-rpm spin speed, and an 8.0-msec average seek time. It offers the industry's first Native SATA interface with NCQ and support for the latest PC technology, including Intel Hyper-Threading. Barracuda 7200.8 enables fast data-transfer rates for hot-rod PC gaming systems and mainstream PCs, PC-based home media servers and entry-level SATA servers. With Seagate's patented SoftSonic fluid dynamic bearing motors, Barracuda 7200.8 is extremely quiet, emitting as little as 2.0 bels at idle in the 120GB version.

SATA NCQ interface technology will provide a new advantage in today's systems with Hyper-Threading Technology, which allows multiple applications to send I/O requests at the same time. NCQ will boost performance still more when applications take advantage of Asynchronous I/O. In addition, NCQ increases drive reliability in heavy workloads by eliminating much of the mechanical wear and tear that a non-NCQ drive must endure to transfer the same amount of data.

Seagate USB2 Pocket Hard Drive

The Seagate USB2 Pocket Hard Drive is the world's first external hard drive small enough for consumers to fit in their pockets or throw in a backpack. Safely encased in its sleek round shell, its robust design and high shock tolerance enables mobility and makes it as convenient as a USB thumb drive, while offering an incredible 2.5GB or 5GB of storage for transporting or temporarily backing up a huge amount of data.

Seagate Portable External Hard Drive

Designed with a smaller hard drive inside (2.5-inch) to offer up to 100GB of portable storage in a sleek and very small footprint for your desk, the Seagate Portable External Hard Drive is the smallest desktop external hard drive offered by any of the leading hard disc drive suppliers. This high-capacity, USB bus-powered portable external drive offers low power consumption, high shock tolerance and a compact footprint - it's the ultimate solution for consumers and business travelers who want to take their digital content with them.

Seagate External Hard Drive

Seagate will also offer its popular Seagate External Hard Drive with a new 400GB capacity. With stunning good looks, cool-running ruggedness, easy push-button backup, award-winning, easy-to-use backup software and a convenient on/off switch for power savings and data security, the Seagate External Hard Drive was developed from the ground up to deliver the highest consumer design standards ever seen in a hard drive. With Seagate's unique interlocking design, users can stack multiple Seagate External Hard Drives horizontally, or place the drive vertically for the smallest footprint on the market. A sturdy, upright stand and non-slip rubber feet on two sides ensure the drive can be arranged in many convenient ways and won't slide around or slip off a desk. And users can plug and unplug the drive without turning off the computer. The Seagate External Hard Drive runs much cooler than other high-capacity external drives, because it's designed to dissipate heat in any configuration - vertical or stacked. Plus, lifetime tech support means that users can call for friendly technical advice for the entire long life of the drive.

For details about each new Seagate product, please visit http://specials.seagate.com/spectrum. The Seagate USB2 Pocket Hard Drive and the Seagate Portable External Hard Drive are expected to be on store shelves in time for school this Fall 2004. The new 400GB Seagate External Hard Drive will be on store shelves for the holiday shopping season, and the Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 disc drive will begin shipping in Fall 2004.

Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of hard disc drives, providing products for a wide range of Enterprise, PC, Notebook and Consumer Electronics applications. The company is committed to delivering award-winning products, customer support and reliability, to meet the world's growing demand for information storage. Seagate can be found around the globe and at www.seagate.com.

Seagate and Seagate Technology are registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC. The WAVE logo and Barracuda are trademarks or registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Specified storage capacities reflect standard configurations exclusive of operating system or other software formatting.

http://www.seagate.com/cda/newsinfo/...1,2170,00.html


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