Mar 25, 2003

Founder Chooses Seagate Barracuda 5400.1 Disc Drive For Its Latest PCs

Seagate Technology (NYSE:STX) today announced that its Barracuda 5400.1 hard disc drive, recognized for its reliability and ultra-quiet operation, has been integrated into the newest line of PCs from Founder Science & Technology Group Co., Ltd. The Barracuda 5400.1 is designed to meet the specific requirements of the entry level PC market, providing capacity and performance needed for popular applications like Internet navigation, multimedia, email and word processing.

"Barracuda 5400.1 disc drive delivers a combination of reliability, quality and cost effectiveness needed in entry level PC storage," said Mr. Zhang Wei, manager of Commercial PC Division, at Founder. "Integrating Seagate's Barracuda 5400.1 family into our line of value performance desktop systems is a definite competitive advantage for us. With a strong track record in delivering price/performance benefits and proven reliability, our products integrating Seagate disc drives further enhance these capabilities, raising them to new heights."

The Barracuda 5400.1 disc drive combines many advanced features and the well-known reliability leveraged from Seagate's Barracuda and U Series product families. It offers a value-focused, single-head configuration with a 40-Gbyte capacity and a 5400-rpm performance level. It's 25-percent thinner than a traditional PC drive to improve system airflow-so it can be employed in fanless systems, which are more attractive to consumers and less expensive to design and build. And it sports Seagate's patented SoftSonic fluid dynamic bearing motors for low acoustics - only 2.6 bels during idle. Barracuda 5400.1 is designed for applications that require low cost, high reliability, low acoustics, and the popular 40-Gbyte capacity sweet spot: office computers and entry-level PCs, PVRs, game consoles and audio jukeboxes, and other non-traditional markets like ATMs, security cameras, printers and Karaoke machines.

Seagate disc drives are protected by its exclusive 3D Defense System, the most comprehensive set of protective features in the industry. Unique advantages such as SeaShell and G Force Protection protect the drive from accidental damage that may occur during the integration process. SeaShell is a clear, recyclable clamshell package that protects the drive from 1000+ Gs of non-operating shock, resists ESD and simplifies barcode scanning. G Force Protection is a collection of mechanical design enhancements that enables the drive to withstand up to 350 Gs non-operational shock, the highest in its class. SeaTools software helps the end-user diagnose problems and determine whether they are drive-, hardware-, or file system- related, helping customers to quickly and intuitively find solutions to system issues. Seagate drives also ship with Seagate's exclusive DiscWizard(tm) software that ensures fast and easy installation.

Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of hard disc drives for Enterprise, PC 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

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