Aug 19, 1998
"Quinta has made significant progress in the past year in developing OAW technology as well as other technologies that could impact current magnetic recording," said Steve Luczo, president and CEO of Seagate. "By integrating them into the Seagate development cycle, we can leverage their technology into multiple product groups and product lines, simultaneously, versus one product at a time. Seagate also benefits by reducing unnecessary costs due to overlapping infrastructures and furthering our strategy of vertical integration."
"Since the acquisition, we have continued to achieve our technology milestones while building a world-class organization and facility" commented Steve Kitrosser, president and CEO of Quinta. "By aligning ourselves with Seagate's Advanced Concepts Laboratories and design centers, we now are better positioned to deliver these technologies to the appropriate product groups, thereby reducing time to market. Without this integration, there was a risk of becoming a one-product-at-a-time company, leaving valuable technologies sitting on the shelves, waiting for commercialization. This change allows Seagate to fully benefit from the 200-plus engineers and scientists working in our labs in San Jose." Quinta will continue to operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Seagate.
Pursuant to the acquisition agreement entered into by Seagate and Quinta last year, the shareholders of Quinta are eligible to receive additional payments upon the achievement of certain product development and early production milestones. Because of the fundamental change in direction, Seagate and Quinta have revised the payment schedule from a milestone-based schedule to a time-based schedule. As a result of this change, the applicable accounting rules require that the remaining unaccrued deferred payments of $76 million be recorded as an expense in the current quarter, although the actual payments of these monies will be spread ratably over seven quarters.
Quinta Corporation is a leading developer of advanced optical data storage technologies. Based in San Jose, California, and designated as Seagate's Optical Technology Center, Quinta has a state-of-the-art research and development facility. With over 200 employees that have over 2,500 years of data storage experience combined in magnetic recording, photonics, microelectromechanical systems, and other key technologies, Quinta is a premiere technology company in the data storage industry.
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