Sep 05, 2001

Outstanding Seagate Drives Score with Key Reviewers in Korea

Seagate Technology is pleased to announce that its best-in-class disc drives have received awards and recognition from some of the leading IT publications in Korea. Today's announcement is the latest example of the popularity of Seagate disc drives among industry experts in Korea and around the world.

Seagate provides the broadest range of products for the storage industry to serve the different needs of its customers, from value-class drives for the Personal Storage market to high performance disc drives for the Enterprise Storage market. Known for its robust and high performance disc drives, Seagate has continued a tradition of excellence built on award-winning products.

Seagate drives have especially been a big hit with Korean publications. In April, the Barracuda ATA III was given a "Recommended Buy" by Windows 2000 and won the "Best Product" award from Best in Korea Benchmark in May. The Barracuda ATA III followed up its success among key reviewers with another "Best Product" accolade from Graphic Design in June. The same month also saw the Cheetah 73LP being dubbed "the fastest HDD" by Graphics Live and Cad & Graphics.

In July, Seagate's recently announced sixth generation U Series drive demonstrated its class in product reviews. Aha PC gave the new U Series drive a 4-star rating, praising its "tremendous capacity, shock protection features and quiet operation," while PC Sarang complimented the drive for its "best performance and quiet operation." On top of that, the Barracuda ATA III was in the limelight again Computer Times declared the drive as "Hit Product" and called it "the toughest and most reliable" after a poll it conducted had its readers rooting for the Seagate drive.

Today, Seagate is already shipping the fourth generation of the Barracuda ATA family, Barracuda ATA IV. Barracuda ATA IV is the fastest PC hard drive that incorporates the revolutionary SoftSonic Fluid Dynamic Bearing (FDB) motor which makes the super-fast drive the world's only virtually silent hard drive. Barracuda ATA IV is the only desktop disc drive shipping exclusively with FDB motors a technology that will also enable engineers to fit more data on a disc surface and increase hard drive spin speeds far beyond what traditional motors allow.

The newest U Series disc drive offers up to 80 Gbytes on just two platters and a record-breaking areal density of 32.6 Gbits per square inch. U Series was the first disc drive ever designed for value through simplified design, and it quickly became the most popular drive ever used in high-volume PCs and the consumer electronics marketplace.

Seagate consumer electronics disc drives are engineered to provide the sustained data transfer rates required of A/V electronics, and focus on the key features that enable hard drive-based home electronics, such as lowered acoustics, reduced power consumption and longer life. Seagate's Consumer Applications Lab, with world-class expertise in system architectures, A/V recording, home networking and satellite and cable communications, provides strategic direction in the development of disc drives that are optimized for consumer applications. Combined with the Company's expertise in A/V storage technology, Seagate offers an unparalleled combination of specific services to help Consumer Electronics providers use today's advanced storage technology to design and build tomorrow's entertainment devices.

"Seagate is committed to delivering the best-in-class storage solutions and these awards and recognition for our products reinforce this commitment," said Joel Stead, Seagate senior vice president of Worldwide Sales and Marketing. "Digital content is shaping the growth of storage in the Information Age. Leveraging our core competencies in storage technology, we will continue to build better drives for Internet, business and consumer applications."

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 the SeaShield and SeaShell, 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 nonoperating shock, resists ESD and simplifies barcode scanning. SeaShield is a unique, integrated PCB cover that enhances handling protection, reduces returns and lowers service costs. 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 software which ensures fast and easy installation.

Seagate is the world's leading provider of storage technology for Internet, business and consumer applications. The Company's products include disc drives for the Enterprise, PCs and Consumer Electronics, as well as Storage Area Network (SAN) solutions and Server Appliances. Seagate's market leadership is based on 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.

Seagate and Seagate Technology are registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC. Barracuda, Cheetah, 3D Defense System, SeaShell, SeaTools, SeaShield and DiscWizard are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC or one of its affiliate companies. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.