Dec 20, 2005

AOpen Selects Seagate 2.5-inch Hard Drive to Enable New Mini PC

Seagate Technology (NYSE:STX), the world's leading supplier of disc drives, today announced that AOpen Inc., the world's largest total PC component solutions manufacturer, has selected Seagate 2.5-inch hard drives for its new mini PCs. Seagate's 2.5-inch disc drives enabled AOpen to meet the stringent size and performance requirements for what it is referring to as the "world's smallest PC" with dimensions of 16.5cm נ16.5cm נ5.1cm and a light weight of 1.15kg.

The Aopen MP915-P PC is available with the Seagate 80GB Momentus 4200.2 drive while the MP915-C model is built with the 40GB LD25 hard drive. Both PCs are available worldwide.

"AOpen's new mini PCs give consumers more power but in a smaller footprint and at a great value," said Bernie Tsai, president of AOpen, "Seagate 2.5-inch hard drives will enable us to meet strong demand for PCs that are small, easy-to-use and portable."

"Seagate Momentus and LD25 hard drives combine the performance, size, ruggedness and quiet operation AOpen needed for its new MP915-P and MP915-C systems," said Ban Seng Teh, Seagate vice president and managing director, Asia Sales and Marketing. "Seagate will continue to push the limits of 2.5-inch drives with the shipment of the industry's first notebook drive built on perpendicular recording technology to deliver a massive 160GB of capacity and the rollout of the first 2.5-inch drive with hardware-based full disc encryption to protect data on lost or stolen notebook PCs."

Seagate offers the broadest line of 2.5-inch hard disc drives for systems ranging from enterprise servers and desktop and notebook PCs to consumer electronics. The Momentus family delivers a range of spin speeds (4,200-, 5,400- and 7,200-rpm), capacities (40GB to 160GB), and interfaces (Serial ATA and Ultra ATA), allowing system builders to offer a variety of systems ranging from low-cost and mainstream notebook PCs to high-performance mobile workstations, small form factor PCs and blade servers. Seagate's patented SoftSonic fluid dynamic motor and QuietStep ramp load technology make Momentus drives one of the quietest, most rugged notebook hard drives available.

Seagate's LD25 Series is a unique consumer electronics hard drive in a compact, 2.5-inch form factor - a new concept for inside-the-box consumer electronics storage that enables smaller, simpler, cooler-running and more cost-effective game consoles, home entertainment devices and small footprint media PCs. Seagate's industry leading DynaPlay technology optimizes the drive for media streaming, power consumption and content security.

About Aopen
Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, AOpen Inc. is the world's largest total PC component solutions manufacturer and a member of an $18-billion technology group. Leveraging more than 28 years of technology manufacturing experience and more than 1,000 Group patents, AOpen designs, manufactures and markets high-quality, state-of-the-art motherboards; housings; small-form-factor bare systems; VGA cards; white-box notebooks; optical drives; multimedia headsets and headphones; multimedia and network solutions; as well as numerous other PC component products sold through VARs to institutional, corporate, education and government customers, and via retailers to small business and end-user customers.

About Seagate
Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of hard disc drives, providing products for a wide-range of Enterprise, Desktop, Mobile Computing, and Consumer Electronics applications. Seagate's business model leverages technology leadership and world-class manufacturing to deliver industry-leading innovation and quality to its global customers, and to be the low cost producer 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 www.seagate.com.

Seagate, Seagate Technology and the Wave Logo are registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC. Momentus, LD25 Series, SoftSonic, QuietStep and DynaPlay are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC.