Aug 28, 2001

Seagate's Ultra-Quiet 7,200-rpm Hard Drive Featured in New Concept PC Unveiled This Week

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - Seagate's ultra-fast, super-quiet Barracuda ATA IV hard drive is featured in the new Taishan concept PC system, jointly developed by Intel Corporation and Legend Holdings Limited and unveiled this week at the Intel Developers Forum, San Jose. Named after a revered mountain in China, Taishan combines the Intel® Pentium® 4 processor, Seagate's Barracuda ATA IV and other cutting edge technologies to show that a PC's size and style don't preclude the highest levels of performance. The Seagate drive's unique combination of speed and silence helps enable a high-performance PC that's fashionable, small and quiet.

Barracuda ATA IV is the industry's only 7,200-rpm disc drive to achieve 80 Gbytes using only two discs. It's also the only desktop disc drive shipping exclusively with Fluid Dynamic Bearing (FDB) motors. Seagate's revolutionary SoftSonic™ FDB motor makes Barracuda ATA IV the world's only virtually silent hard drive.

"We selected the Seagate Barracuda ATA IV drive due to its outstanding performance and low acoustics, which were key design goals for the Taishan Concept PC," said Steve Whalley, Technology Initiative Manager, Intel Corporation.

"Taishan illustrates how leading-edge technologies can be integrated to fit the real world needs of PC users," said Brian Dexheimer, Seagate executive vice president of Worldwide Sales, Marketing and Customer Service. "Just as Seagate's Barracuda ATA IV breaks new ground by blending silence with speed, the Taishan aggressively targets low acoustic noise, using the Barracuda ATA IV and a unique optimal airflow fan design so it fits easily and quietly into any home or office space."

The technologies in Taishan were put there to improve the user experience. Presaging the digital home of the future, Intel and Legend added wireless LAN to allow simple networking of desktop, notebook and handheld computers without cables. They also innovatively used USB 2.0 to locate the DVD drive to a matching monitor and I/O bay for easier access.

In a demonstration in the Intel Pavilion on the IDF show floor this week, the Taishan concept PC shares files, streams audio and video to another PC, and shares Internet access over its integrated 802.11b wireless LAN. In addition, it encodes MP3 files over a USB 2.0 DVD drive that is built into the system monitor, using Pentium 4 optimized encoding applications to reveal the performance advantages of Pentium 4 and USB 2.0. Taishan includes a full-featured motherboard, including digital audio output for premium sound capability; 10/100 Ethernet LAN; four USB 2.0 ports for easy-to-use, high-performance external expansion; and additional PCI expansion opportunities all in less than six liters volume.

The Taishan concept PC represents a new pinnacle in desktop PC design. As the Chinese philosopher, Confucius, once wrote, "The world looks smaller when you ascend the summit of Mount Taishan."

Taishan System Features and Benefits

Intel. Nestucca Concept Motherboard Features
7 Supports Intel. Pentium. 4 Processor Family: Delivers leading edge processor performance
7 Intel. 850 Chipset: Supports highest performance memory architecture
7 4 USB 2.0 Ports On-Board: Ease of Use, high performance external expansion
7 10/100 Ethernet LAN: Industry standard LAN support
7 Digital Audio with SPDIF: Digital audio output for premium sound capability
7 Low Profile PCI Slot: Additional expansion opportunities

High-performance 7,200-rpm hard drive
7 Seagate Barracuda ATA IV

Low Acoustic Noise
7 Seagate Barracuda ATA IV with revolutionary SoftSonic™ Motor
7 Fan speed control for optimal thermal management and low acoustics

Monitor and Expansion Bay
7 18" DVI TFT LCD for premium graphics display
7 DVD drive located in Monitor for easy access
7 3 port USB 2.0 Hub for easy expansion

7 Low Profile AGP4x ATI Radeon RV200 Passively cooled high performance DVI graphics adapter

7 Low Profile CNR slot enables configuration options including WLAN and Modem

Power management features
7 Instantly Available PC (S3-Suspend to RAM) ACPI 1.0b

Power Brick Technology
7 25V DC, 150W external power supply

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