Oct 14, 1996

New Seagate Drives Provide Greater Storage for Desktop Systems

Seagate Technology, Inc. (NYSE:SEG) today announced two additions to its award-winning Medalist product line of 3.5-inch hard disc drives, further strengthening what is widely-recognized as one of the broadest product lines in the disc drive industry. Featuring capacities of 3.2 Gbytes and 4.3 Gbytes, these new Fast ATA-2-interface drives fully utilize Seagate's strength in vertical integration, providing outstanding storage solutions for performance and value-oriented desktop computer users.

"Not long ago, 500 Mbytes was considered a lot of capacity. Today our customers are increasingly specifying 2.1 Gbytes and above as mainstream products for desktop systems," said Phil Detwiler, senior vice president of Marketing at Seagate. Whether 500 Mbytes or 4.3 Gbytes, one challenge remains constant: finding innovative ways to bring cost-effective products to market. By leveraging our expertise in vertical integration, Seagate continues to provide the high capacity, value-class products sought by its customers.

These new Medalist drives are excellent examples of Seagate's long-standing strength in vertical integration. Both drives incorporate heads, printed circuit boards and media that are designed and manufactured by Seagate under strict quality standards to provide the utmost in reliability. Seagate's extensive, worldwide component capabilities allow the company to rapidly ramp to high-volume production, and also enhance product availability through internal control over key disc drive components.

Seagate's highest-capacity Fast ATA-2-interface drive to date, the Medalist 4340 offers 4.3 Gbytes of storage in a 3.5-inch, low profile design. Seagate is also introducing another drive in the Medalist 4340 product family with leading levels of capacity and performance: the 3.2 Gbyte Medalist 3240. Both drives feature similar performance strengths, including a 4,500-rpm rotational speed, 12 millisecond average seek, internal data transfer rate of 88 Mbits per second, and 128 K buffer for storage-hungry applications like full-screen, full-motion video playback and manipulation of high-resolution internet files. In addition, the Medalist 4340 and Medalist 3240 utilize partial response-maximum likelihood (PRML) read channel technology for faster throughput during read/write operations.

"As information becomes easier to share, the quantity of what users keep on-line continues to grow," said Crawford Del Prete, vice president, Storage Research, IDC. "Because of products like these, in 1997 we expect that both the 3.2 and 4.3 Gbyte capacity points will be configured on desktop class systems, allowing both OEMs and integrators to position value added offerings for this opportunity."

The Medalist 4340 and Medalist 3240 will ship with Seagate's exclusive DiscWizard installation and partitioning software. DiscWizard is the perfect complement for users interested in upgrading or adding a second Medalist drive to their desktop computer system because the software works in conjunction with an existing drive. Prior to installation, DiscWizard analyzes key characteristics such as the capabilities of the system BIOS, and asks the user a series of questions about the desired configuration of the system to create a set of detailed, customized instructions for installation that takes the burden off of the user. In addition, DiscWizard features an extensive on-line help system available to users throughout the installation process. The software also features advanced partitioning options essential for maximizing storage efficiency in high-capacity drives.

Both Medalist drives achieve a Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) rating of 300,000 hours, and come with a standard three-year limited warranty. The Medalist 3240 is scheduled for production this calendar quarter; production units of the Medalist 4340 are expected to become available in January 1997.

Seagate Technology, Inc. is a data technology company that provides products for storing, managing and accessing digital information on the worlds computer and data communications systems. Seagate is the largest independent disc drive and related components company in the world. Seagate's home page address on the World Wide Web is http://www.seagate.com.