Aug 04, 1997
Under the terms of the acquisition, the shareholders of Quinta, other than Seagate, received cash payments aggregating $230 million upon the closing. Upon the achievement of certain product development and production milestones, shareholders of Quinta will be eligible to receive additional payments aggregating $95 million. Seagate anticipates that it will incur a charge to operations in the current quarter of approximately $180 million to $215 million in connection with the write-off of in-process research and development.
Quinta's OAW technology is a system that is being designed for potential implementation across a range of hard disc drive products. At the heart of OAW technology is a new head design that will integrate state-of-the-art optical elements into a Winchester-style flying head. The lens, utilizing conventional optics, focuses a laser beam onto the media to assist in the writing, reading and tracking processes. OAW technology also includes a unique fine servo and advanced light delivery system, which allows for the use of multiple heads. The end result is a system that supports very high areal density recording and reading on multiple discs. Quinta has applied for a number of significant patents related to storage technology and expects to apply for others.
Quinta, now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Seagate Technology, Inc., is a leading developer of ultra-high capacity disc drive technologies including optically assisted Winchester (OAW) technology. OAW technology is designed to integrate optical, magnetic and telecommunications technologies for the purpose of building a new class of high capacity, cost-effective disc drive storage devices. Quinta's objective is to meet the increase in demand for affordable, high capacity, high performance online storage. Based in San Jose, California, the company has a 55,000 square foot facility designed for initial manufacturing needs, research and development, and general administration.
Seagate Technology, Inc. is a leading data technology company providing products for storing, managing and accessing digital information. Seagate develops and manufactures some of the industry's most advanced information technology, including disc and tape storage devices, magnetic recording heads and media, precision motors, microelectronics, and data access and management software. With nearly $9.0 billion in revenue, operations in 22 countries and over 110,000 employees worldwide, the Scotts Valley, CA-based company is the world's largest manufacture of disc drives and related components and one of the globe's largest industrial corporations. Seagate's home page address on the World Wide Web is http://www.seagate.com .
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