Feb 19, 2002

Seagate Drives Founder Computer's E-Office 8000 PC

Seagate Technology today announced that its ultra quiet Barracuda® ATA IV 7,200-rpm hard drive is featured in Founder Computer's new E-Office 8000 series PCs. Founder's latest PCs combine the Intel® 845 chipset and Pentium® 4 processor, Seagate's Barracuda ATA IV and other cutting edge technologies to deliver high performance, value and reliability to "power" users.

"Founder continues to drive innovation with the launch of our E-Office 8000 PCs, enabled by Seagate disc drive technology," said Mr. Wang Zheng, general manager, Business Desktop PC Department, Founder Computer Systems Co., Ltd. "We selected the Seagate Barracuda ATA IV drive due to its outstanding performance and low acoustics, which were key design goals for the E-Office Solutions."

"Founder's innovative E-Office strategy is delivering powerful computing technology at the right price for this burgeoning market," said BanSeng Teh, Seagate managing director for Asia Sales & Marketing. "Seagate continues to provide the advanced storage technology required by leading OEMs like Founder, and we are pleased that our time-to-market leadership is resulting in innovative new product lines from our customers."

Barracuda ATA IV is the industry's only 7,200-rpm disc drive to achieve 80 Gbytes using just two discs. It's also the only PC disc drive shipping exclusively with Fluid Dynamic Bearing (FDB) motors. Seagate's revolutionary SoftSonic&trade FDB motor makes Barracuda ATA IV the world's only virtually silent hard drive. The Seagate drive's unique combination of fast access to data and quiet acoustics enables the E-Office 8000 series to achieve new heights of performance and silent operation.

Since its debut in July 2001, Barracuda ATA IV has received recognition from leading technology publications worldwide. Among these accolades, in December 2001 Barracuda ATA IV was named Best Hard Drive of the Year by PC User Australia and PC.com Malaysia. It also won K-Bench Korea?s Best Product of 2001 and was recognized as Hit Product by both Aha PC Korea and Chosun Ilbo Korea. In September last year, the hard drive was named Editor's Choice by PC Shopper China and PC.com Malaysia, and was highly recommended by China Computerworld and PC DIY Taiwan. It also notched 5-stars rating as the Best in Korea benchmark testing and was dubbed "King of Hard Drive" by www.8080.net China in August last year.

Seagate and Founder have forged a long-lasting relationship, with Seagate supplying a comprehensive line of award-winning storage products to Founder, including U Series and Barracuda ATA disc drives for desktop PCs, and Barracuda and Cheetah® disc drives for workstations and servers.

Seagate disc drives are protected by its exclusive 3D Defense System%trade, the most comprehensive set of protective features in the industry. Unique advantages such as SeaShield® and SeaShell&trade protect the drive from accidental damage that may occur during the integration process. SeaShell is a clear, recyclable clamshell package that protects the drive from 1000+ Gs of nonoperating shock, resists ESD and simplifies barcode scanning. SeaShield is a unique, integrated PCB cover that enhances handling protection, reduces returns and lowers service costs. SeaTools&trade software helps the end-user diagnose problems and determine whether they are drive-, hardware-, or file system- related, helping customers to quickly and intuitively find solutions to system issues. Seagate drives also ship with Seagate's exclusive DiscWizard&trade software which ensures fast and easy installation.

Founder Computer System Co., Ltd. is a leading provider of PC-based systems and solutions. FCS' core business includes desktop PCs for both commercial and consumer market, servers and networking systems for a wide range of enterprise customers. FCS persistently develops newer and advanced technologies with novelty and will satisfy its customers in the Internet era by providing the information-processing tools, solutions and services for the information communication industries.

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.

Seagate, Seagate Technology and the Seagate logo are registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC. Barracuda, Cheetah, U Series, SeaShield, SeaShell, SeaTools, DiscWizard, and 3D Defense System are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC or one of its affiliate companies. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Seagate reserves the right to change, without notice, product offerings or specifications.