Oct 11, 2001

Seagate U Series Runs in Amoisonic's Digital Video Recorder

Reinforcing its position as the leading storage partner for the Consumer Electronics (CE) industry, Seagate Technology announced today that Amoisonic Electronics Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of home consumer electronics products, has integrated Seagate's U Series disc drive into its DVR3000 Digital Video Recorder (DVR). This breakthrough product is the first DVR developed in China.

Leveraging hard disc technology, the DVR is a revolutionary product that enriches the world of audio-visual home entertainment. Amoisonic's DVR3000 is able to transfer any analog audio and video signals such as those from TV, DVD, VCD, Internet and Security monitors into digital MPEG signals, then record them on the hard disc drive. Because it is recorded in digital format, the quality of picture will not deteriorate even if the content is played many times. One of the notable features of the DVR3000 is the time-shifting function you can pause a live TV show if you need to leave the room, while the DVR continues to record the program and then replays it from the where you have left off. The DVR3000 also incorporates extended recording time a DVR with a 20-GByte hard drive running in it gives you up to 38 hours of stored programs! Other functions of the DVR3000 include timer recording and playback, selectable recording quality, program management and multiple playbacks. The DVR3000 can be connected to TV, VCD, DVD, camcorder and Internet.

"Seagate's U Series disc drive meets our stringent requirements for home consumer products. It is quiet, reliable and robust, enabling the kind of magic a DVR can perform," said Chen Qiang, Video Division general manager of Amoisonic. "Leveraging Seagate's disc drive technology with the unique architecture of our products, we are revolutionizing the world of home entertainment."

"The growing acceptance of the U Series disc drive in the CE market has put Seagate in a leadership position here," said Joel Stead, Seagate senior vice president of Worldwide Sales and Marketing. "This endorsement adds to our growing list of CE successes and reaffirms our commitment to advance disc drive technology for the home consumer."

The U Series disc drive family is designed specifically for use in consumer electronics and volume PCs. Featuring its exclusive "sound barrier technology" (SBT), Seagate's U Series is the world's quietest hard drive for mainstream desktop computers and Personal Video Recorders. The U Series is available in a unique consumer electronics configuration: the U Series AV, for superior A/V streaming, quiet data seeks and reduced power use. Seagate's U Series disc drives offer best-in-class reliability for PC and consumer-electronics applications. U Series ships with Seagate's exclusive 3D Defense System to lead the industry in ruggedness and data protection. Seagate's 3D Defense System includes the patented SeaShell packaging, soft SeaShield. protective cover, SeaTools Suite diagnostic software and the award-winning DiscWizard installation software.

Continuing the tradition of Seagate's award-winning products, the U Series has garnered rave reviews from leading publications worldwide. Included among the reviewers in Asia Pacific who rated the U Series highly are PC Shopper China and PC Weekly Hong Kong. PC Shopper China named the latest generation U Series its Editor's Choice in its August issue while PC Weekly Hong Kong gave the U Series drive a thumbs up and highly recommended it to DIY users in June. With over 60 million units shipped worldwide and still counting, the U Series is the most popular family of drives in the storage industry.

Today, Seagate is the world's leading supplier of disc storage for Consumer Electronics with over two million hard disc drives shipped in the CE market. Seagate shipped the world's first Consumer Electronics disc drive in 1997 and has led in the development and integration of DVR functionality in storage devices. The Company is currently shipping its sixth generation of products for consumer devices, and continues to develop storage technologies with leading Consumer Electronics makers to accelerate the future of home entertainment.

Amoisonic is a leading supplier of home consumer products in China focusing on digital video, audio and consumer telecommunications products. Founded in 1981 in Xiamen, China, the Company's business is built around five major product categories including video disc player, home theatre, cordless telephone, GSM and multi-functional peripheral. Amoisonic's market leadership is driven by technology innovation and based on delivering award-winning products to provide consumers a brand new world of home entertainment. For more information about the company, please visit http://www.amoisonic.com.

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. 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.

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