Dec 14, 2005

Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 Hard Drive Wins 'Best Design of the Year' Award from Electronic Design Magazine

Seagate Technology (NYSE:STX), the world's #1 supplier of disc drives, today announced that its Barracuda 7200.9 500GB Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive, a model that delivers the industry's leading combination of performance, reliability and capacity, has won the "Best Design of the Year" award from Electronic Design Magazine, a leading publication for electronic design engineers and managers.

The magazine praised the Barracuda 7200.9 family - the latest generation of the world's most popular desktop PC hard drive - for pushing the limits of longitudinal magnetic recording to 160GB per platter and the half-terabyte drive in particular for a 16MB cache, fast 3Gbit/second SATA throughput and other performance-enhancing capabilities that make it perfect for gamers and power users. Electronic Design also applauded Barracuda 7200.9 for "an ultra-quiet 7200-rpm motor and a rugged g-force shock-protection system to keep data safe."

Electronic Design readers nominated various desktop PC hard drives for the award and the magazine's editors selected Barracuda 7200.9 500GB Serial ATA as the best.

"Barracuda 7200.9 is a very impressive piece of work, combining the highest capacity available in a desktop PC hard drive, 3Gbit/second Serial ATA performance with the industry's only third-generation Serial ATA Native Command Queuing technology and the quietest operation we've found," said Bill Wong, Electronic Design's embedded systems/software technology editor. "With Barracuda 7200.9, Electronic Design's Best Computer of 2005 packs the most compelling combination of capabilities available in a desktop PC hard drive."

"The world is seeing a convergence of digital content as PC users increasingly move music, photos, video and other information among the Internet, PCs and mobile devices," said Karl Chicca, Seagate senior vice president and general manager, Personal Storage. "Desktop PCs, the place where the bulk of this content is stored for primary access or backup, are at the heart of this trend, driving strong demand for systems that can move more content at higher speeds. Seagate is pleased that Electronic Design has recognized the

Barracuda 7200.9 500GB SATA hard drive as the best in delivering these capabilities for mainstream and high-performance PCs."

Seagate's Barracuda 7200.9 3Gbit/second SATA disc drive family delivers the high capacity, performance and reliability and great value that are perfect for systems such as media, gaming, high-end workstations and consumer PCs. Barracuda 7200.9 also meets the high throughput requirements for multi-user systems such as low-cost and SATA servers for small offices.

The Barracuda 7200.9 family stores up to 160GB on a single disc, the industry's highest data density, and, like all other Seagate internal hard drives, is backed by Seagate's industry-leading 5-year limited warranty. The 7200-rpm drives are available in SATA and Ultra ATA interfaces and capacities starting at 80GB.

Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of hard disc drives, providing products for a wide-range of Enterprise, Desktop, Mobile Computing, and Consumer Electronics applications. Seagate's business model leverages technology leadership and world-class manufacturing to deliver industry-leading innovation and quality to its global customers, and to be the low cost producer in all markets in which it participates. The company is committed to providing 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

Seagate and Seagate Technology are registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC. The Wave logo and Barracuda are trademarks or registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC. When referring to drive capacity one gigabyte, or GB, equals one billion bytes and one megabyte, or MB, equals one million bytes. Accessible capacity may vary depending on operating environment and formatting.