Jan 21, 2004

IIST Names Seagate SATA Hard Drive The Most Significant Product Of The Year

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - Seagate announced that the IIST, the Institute for Information Systems Technology, has named the Seagate Barracuda Serial ATA (SATA) hard disc drive as the most significant product of the year in the computer storage industry. At the IIST 17th annual workshop for the storage systems and component industry, participants selected the Seagate drive as the industry's most significant product of 2003 that will influence the industry going forward. The IIST workshop is structured to enhance understanding of future trends in the industry and to exchange ideas about what is required for the continued growth of the industry. All of the major hard disc drive providers and many storage systems developers attended this year's conference.

The workshop group concluded that SATA is one of the most significant steps in disc interfaces since the development of SCSI. It allows for low cost serial interfaces for applications from desktop to server, and has brought ATA drives to the enterprise for the first time in such applications as Near Line Storage and Back-up. Seagate announced its introduction of SATA drives in November 2002, with volume shipments starting in 2003. By December 2003, the company had shipped over 1.5 million SATA drives. The Workshop group expects to see wide adoption of SATA in desktops and servers during 2004, with a complete phase out of Parallel ATA in 2005.

Seagate SATA drives have been adopted by all the top ten global OEMs. Seagate offers native SATA hard drive technology, with no PATA-to-SATA translator bridge chip to reduce performance or limit native features. Seagate's native SATA architecture is capable of supporting native command queuing (NCQ) and staggered spin-up, both critical features to new entry-server and network bulk storage applications. And as the leading developer of SATA technology, Seagate is well positioned to deploy next-generation SATA II features.

Intel and Seagate describe the benefits of SATA NCQ in "Serial ATA Native Command Queuing: An Exciting New Performance Feature for Serial ATA," available here: http://specials.seagate.com/ncqpaper/

Seagate shipped the world's first SATA hard drives in November 2002, five months before any competitor. Today's Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 SATA hard drives are ideal for mainstream and high-performance PCs, engineering workstations, home entertainment PCs, near-line storage applications, Network-Attached Storage (NAS), and entry-level ATA servers. Serial ATA is a faster, simpler, more intelligent interface technology designed to replace the Parallel ATA interface standard.

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.

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