Dec 06, 2005

Momentus - The Heartbeat of your World in Portability and Mobility

Seagate Technology (NYSE: STX), the world's leading supplier of hard disc drives, today kicked off a series of forums to educate partners and customers about perpendicular recording, Full Disc Encryption (FDE) and other storage technologies that will be built into Seagate's Momentus notebook drives to increase capacity and provide stronger data security. Titled "Momentus - The HeartBeat of Your World in Portability and Mobility," the forums will be held in the Asia Pacific region, covering Malaysia, India, China, Thailand, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.

The Seagate Momentus family is available in 7200-, 5400- and 4200-RPM spin speeds, Serial ATA and Ultra ATA interfaces, and capacities up to 120GB to meet the needs of a variety of applications. Next year, Seagate will begin shipping Momentus 5400.3, a 5400-RPM disc drive with perpendicular recording to deliver up to 160GB of capacity, and Momentus 5400 FDE, the industry's first notebook drive with hardware-based full disc encryption to prevent unauthorized access to notebook computer data.

"According to IDC, the notebook market is expected to grow 18% in 2005, with 66.6 million unit shipments," said Teh Ban Seng, Seagate vice president and managing director, Asia Sales and Marketing. "Indeed, mobile professionals are increasingly turning to notebooks to satisfy both their mobile and office computing needs, and Seagate's introduction of the high-capacity Momentus drives with perpendicular recording technology and hardware-based full disc encrypton are important steps as we continue to redefine mobile computing. Our growing suite of notebook drives is positioned to meet the needs of customers requiring greater capacity, reliability and security for their notebook PC's.

The forums will also introduce some of Seagate's latest innovations, including Serial ATA 3GB/s with the 3rd generation of NCQ, Build-to-Order (BTO), and external Serial ATA (eSATA) for faster, simpler external storage.

Seagate will also brief its partners and customers on the market trends and analyst data showing the increasing share of non-computer-based HDD applications.

Perpendicular Recording
The new Momentus 5400.3 disc drive is the first 2.5-inch notebook product to use perpendicular recording, a technology that stands data bits on end on the disc platter, rather than lying them flat to the surface as with existing longitudinal recording, to achieve new levels of hard drive data density and storage capacity. Standing bits on end also improves the reliability of read-write performance in demanding environments. The Momentus 5400.3 enhancements come without increases in power consumption or heat generation - crucial as remote users look to work longer between battery charges and system builders seek to pack more performance into smaller notebooks.

Full Disc Encryption (FDE)
Seagate has taken the lead in responding to increasing concerns about lost or stolen business and personal data with an easy, cost-effective way to deliver strong protection against unauthorized access to data on notebook PCs. Seagate's new Momentus 5400 FDE hard drive uses hardware-based FDE to provide strong data protection and requires only a user key to encrypt all data, not just selected files or partitions, on the drive. What's more, Seagate FDE eliminates disc initialization and configuration required by encryption software, and allows hard drive data to be erased instantly so the drive can be redeployed.

Seagate FDE puts all security keys and cryptographic operations on the drive, separating them from the operating system to provide greater protection against hacking and tampering than traditional software alternatives, which can give thieves backdoor access to encryption keys. FDE is a key component of Seagate's DriveTrust Technology, a suite of security features inside the drive that enables robust system-level security such as key management and recovery.

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

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