Sep 18, 2003

Seagate Drives Industry's First DVD Multi-Drive Video Recorder From Toshiba

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - Seagate Technology (NYSE:STX) announced today that consumer electronics giant Toshiba has selected Seagate consumer electronics (CE) hard drives for Toshiba's HDD & DVD recorder, RD-XS31 - the industry's first DVD multi-drive video recorder. Seagate's hard drive provides the RD-XS31 with up to 104 hours of recording time for TV shows. It also provides the cache storage that allows programs to be archived to DVD-RAM, DVD-RW and DVD-R formats.

"Leveraging Seagate's proven storage technology, the innovative RD-XS31 from Toshiba continues to redefine the world of home entertainment," said Hiroyuki Tokoro, Technology Executive, Digital Media Network of Toshiba. "Seagate has worked closely with Toshiba's product design team to deliver top dubbing performance for the highest quality recording - and meeting Toshiba's requirements of high throughput for maximum-speed HDD-to-DVD dubbing. We continue to look to Seagate disc drive technology leadership in consumer electronics to help bring our storage-driven products to a new level."

"Toshiba's new product is the result of a successful technology and engineering partnership between Seagate and Toshiba," said Brian Dexheimer, Seagate executive vice president, Sales, Marketing and Customer Service. "We are excited about the direction Toshiba is pursuing in the convergence of digital entertainment content, taking better advantage of hard drives to help consumers control their entertainment experience. Toshiba's endorsement of our best-in-class disc drives highlights Seagate's clear strengths in developing hard drive technology for consumer electronics and in helping CE manufacturers design and optimise their storage-driven products."

Seagate CE hard drives deliver the features CE manufacturers ask for - quiet acoustics, efficient power use, high reliability and top streaming performance. With easy-to-use stream management commands, Seagate's CE drives are optimized for the sequential work of streaming continuous A/V files. Seagate CE drives' power management technology uses less peak power at startup than other drives in their class, and Seagate drives are the world's quietest, for pure audio enjoyment with virtually no discernible operating sound.

Seagate is the only hard drive company to provide consumer electronics manufacturers with a comprehensive alliance - products, technology and services. Seagate Design Service Centers (DSC) continue the Company's leadership in helping CE manufacturers optimize their mechanical, electronic, and software environments to take better advantage of the hard drive. DSC services increase reliability, speed time-to-market, and decrease development costs.

Seagate's specialized CE hard drives and unique CE services provide storage for the new world of digital entertainment, enabling personal video recorders (PVR), video game consoles, audio jukeboxes, home media centres and networked entertainment systems.

About RD-XS31
Toshiba's RD-XS31, equipped with the eagerly awaited "DVD Multi-drive" was announced as a new addition to Toshiba's "RD-Style" series. Supporting DVD-RW along with traditional DVD-RAM and DVD-R functions, users can select the appropriate media. The 80GB HDD is ideal for volume storing and editing while DVD-RAM is for storing a library of TV programs and recording BS digital broadcasting programs. For more information, please visit: http://www.rd-style.com.

About Toshiba
Toshiba, a world leader in high technology, is a diversified manufacturer and marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products, spanning information & communications equipment and systems, Internet-based solutions and services, electronic components and materials, power systems, industrial and social infrastructure systems, and household appliances. Driven by innovation and customer-focused growth, the Toshiba Group of companies aims to provide total utmost satisfaction to customers worldwide through leading-edge products and top-of-the-line services.

About Seagate
Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of hard disc drives, providing products for a wide range of Enterprise, PC, Notebook and Consumer Electronics applications. The company is committed to 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.