Oct 12, 1998

Acer, HP Choose Seagate's ST32111 Disc Drive for Superior Quality, Reliability and Ease of Integration

Seagate Technology, Inc. (NYSE:SEG) today announced that top PC vendors including Acer and Hewlett-Packard Company have embraced Seagate's ST32111 disc drive, designed to meet the specific requirements of the mainstream desktop market. With mechanics and electronics leveraged from Seagate's popular, comprehensive line of Ultra ATA-interface Medalist drives, the ST32111 can be quickly and easily integrated into OEM desktop business and multimedia computer systems. Designed also for non-traditional applications like TV set-top boxes, the ST32111 drive family features capacities ranging from 1 Gbyte to 4 Gbytes in a 3.5-inch form factor, an 11-millisecond average seek and an industry-leading sustained transfer rate. The drive provides the capacity and performance needed for today's popular desktop applications like Internet navigation, multimedia, email and word processing.

Seagate's disc drive performance standard and outstanding reputation for providing high-quality, innovative products is a great gain for our AcerEntra 3000 series. Users today want a PC that delivers speed, the flexibility to upgrade, business-ready software and a low price tag. said Max Wu, president of ACER America. The incorporation of Seagate's ST32111 disc drive is the latest example of our marketing emphasis to meet these demands while maintaining reliability, quality and performance.

The adoption of Seagate's ST32111 by these leading PC makers clearly demonstrates their confidence in our manufacturing capabilities and the performance advantages available with our innovative disc drive products, said Joel A. Stead, Seagate's senior vice president of International Sales Operations. With our vertical strengths, breadth of products and capabilities in hardware and volume manufacturing, Seagate is uniquely positioned to be a strategic partner of choice for the leading OEMs focused on mainstream PC solutions. Our extensive relationships with the world's leading computer systems companies allow us to tailor our technology and product offerings to meet customer needs."

Seagate is the only independent disc drive manufacturer with a vertical integration strategy to control the development of components and technology, and to own its manufacturing capabilities. Vertical integration enables Seagate to achieve a cost-effective platform of mechanics and electronics derived from its successful Medalist disc drives for entry-level and mainstream desktop computers, enabling the proliferation of PC systems that meet the needs of a wide variety of consumers.

The ST32111 drive family utilizes magneto-resistive heads, and enhanced partial response-maximum likelihood (EPRML) read channel technology for faster throughput during read/write operations. The drives feature robust environmental specifications like low acoustics and 150 G nonoperational shock tolerance, and are resourcefully designed with advanced power management capabilities to save energy.

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