Mar 14, 2008

Dragonslayers Demo Helps Seagate Employees Improve Their Game

SPRINGTOWN, Northern Ireland - Employees at Seagate Technology (NYSE: STX) have been enjoying some hands-on experience of how Seagate® hard disc drives are aiding the gaming industry revolution.

The Dragonslayers – the official Gaming Society of Queen's University Belfast and organisers of Ireland’s largest gaming event, Q-Con IV – were invited to set up an interactive gaming exhibition at Seagate so employees could experience exhilarating game play with the world’s most popular gaming consoles and Seagate hard disc drives.

Explaining why the event had been organised, John Spangler, vice president and managing director at Seagate’s Springtown facility, said, “Locally, employees only get to see part of the picture in the day to day process of manufacturing the recording head component for our hard drives. We wanted to highlight the relevance of what employees are doing by showing them how the finished product is used within consumer electronics products. These gaming sessions allowed us to demonstrate to employees the importance of a high performance hard drive in providing the best possible gaming experience.”

As part of the exhibition, a number of PCs were transformed into ultimate gaming rigs, with each being equipped with two Seagate Barracuda® 7200.11 drives. This drive delivers powerful PC gaming performance, allowing gamers to deploy multiple drives in a mirroring mode for extreme gaming experience. With up to 1TB of capacity, Seagate Barracuda hard drives offer enough storage for more than 150 quality games and the Seagate fluid-dynamic bearing motors offer whisper-quiet operation so all you hear are the thrills of the game itself.

“Today’s gaming consoles are fueled by Seagate hard drives, which provide the power to enrich the gaming experience by unleashing new features that increase gaming realism, excitement and customisation,” says Ben Harrison, honorary president of the Dragonslayers, explaining why Seagate is his hard drive brand of choice.

As hoped, it was not just the experienced gamers with consoles at home who availed themselves of the opportunity. Enticed by the chance to win highly coveted Seagate branded products to take home, a number of gaming beginners exploited the chance to gain a better understanding of the benefits of Seagate’s products to the gaming industry, and why Seagate is often the hard drive of choice for gaming software developers and animators.

Eight of these Barracuda drives will now be used by the Dragonslayers at their Q-Con XV event in June. Some will be prizes, but four will be used for the crucial job of running the event's gaming servers and web servers. Two will be used in mirroring mode to ensure the website stays up at all times and two will be used in the game server to avoid the massive bottleneck of loading all the data off one disc.

About Seagate
Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of hard disc drives and storage solutions, providing products for a wide-range of applications, including Enterprise, Desktop, Mobile Computing, Consumer Electronics and Branded Solutions. Seagate's business model leverages technology leadership and world-class manufacturing to deliver industry-leading innovation and quality to its global customers, with the goal of being the time-to-market leader in all markets in which it participates. The company is committed to providing 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 http://www.seagate.com.

Seagate, Seagate Technology and the Wave logo are registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC in the United States and/or other countries. Barracuda is either a trademark or registered trademark of Seagate Technology LLC or one of its affiliated companies in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners. When referring to hard drive capacity, one gigabyte, or GB, equals one billion bytes and one terabyte, or TB, equals one trillion bytes. Your computer’s operating system may use a different standard of measurement and report a lower capacity. In addition, some of the listed capacity is used for formatting and other functions, and thus will not be available for data storage. Quantitative usage examples for various applications are for illustrative purposes. Actual quantities will vary based on various factors, including file size, file format, features and application software. Seagate reserves the right to change, without notice, product offerings or specifications.

Seagate has two facilities in Northern Ireland, employing over 2,200 people between them. At the Springtown wafer fabrication facility, the Company develops and manufactures recording heads, which write information onto and read information from the recording disc inside a hard drive product. The Company’s Limavady facility produces nickel-plated aluminium substrates, the core material on which computer hard disc drives read, write and store digital information.