Aug 02, 2004

Seagate Momentus Disc Drive Selected for Award Winning Home Grown Notebook Series

SINGAPORE - Seagate (NYSE:STX) today announced that Achieva Technology Australia Pty. Ltd., a first-tier distributor of technology products for PCs, workstations and enterprise segments, has selected the Seagate Momentus 2.5-inch hard drive for its popular brand AStone notebook PCs series. Momentus is a 5400-RPM drive that is ideal for mainstream notebook PCs, and provides the best combination of performance, acoustics and reliability that drives today's notebook PC applications.

"Seagate worked closely with us on qualifying Momentus so that we deliver the best products, incorporating leading edge storage technology that meets today's notebook PC users' storage requirements," said John Lu, director, Achieva Technology Australia Pty. Ltd. "The selection of the Seagate Momentus disc drive for our products reflects the ongoing successful partnership the two companies have established over the years. Seagate Momentus delivers the experience, commitment and innovation we expect from the world's leading manufacturer of disc drives."

"Achieva's adoption of Seagate disc drives into its AStone notebook computer systems clearly demonstrates their confidence in our storage technology leadership and the success of Momentus," said Robert Yang, director of Sales & Marketing and General Manager of South Asia and Korea. "Seagate's vertical integration capabilities help us control the development of components and technology and own its manufacturing. This strategy gives Seagate a unique opportunity to meet the needs of evolving notebook PC applications and deliver best-in-class products to our strategic customers such as Achieva."

Competing on sleek style and latest technology offering, Achieva has selected Seagate Momentus 60GB 5400rpm drives in all AStone notebooks because it increases system level performance by 50 percent without sacrificing battery life. Momentus is the industry's first notebook hard drive to combine a high- performance 5,400-rpm spindle speed with the low battery-consumption of a traditional 4200-rpm notebook hard drive, giving notebook PC makers the advantage of performance without compromising on mobility. In addition, Seagate's patented SoftSonic fluid dynamic motor and new QuietStep ramp load technology make Momentus one of the quietest, most rugged notebook hard drives available.

Achieva has an extensive service network in Australia. This nationwide network expedites sales, maintenance and other support services, and provides the company with accurate assessments of customers' preferences so that it is able to respond quickly and effectively to market trends and demand. Designed for middle-to-high end notebook market segments, Achieva's AStone notebooks are one of the leading local brands and are sold mainly to the universities and government counsels in the city outskirts like Newcastle.

Since its launch in Australia about a year ago, the AStone notebook quickly gained recognition when it received a number of distinguished awards like the A List Award by PC Authority in April 2004 and several Best Buy awards from PC World in 2003 and 2004. Achieva plans to enter the Asia Pacific notebook market starting with Malaysia, followed by Singapore and Philippines later in the year.

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