Jan 03, 2006

Seagate Hard Drives are Everywhere at the 2006 Consumer Electronics Show

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - Seagate Technology (NYSE:STX) marks a milestone at the 2006 International CES Conference this week as it showcases a digital universe of consumer electronic devices and applications powered by hard drives, unveils next-generation branded solutions, and delivers the keynote address at the 2006 Storage Visions Conference. The company also today announced new consumer products, including the first 160GB Portable Hard Drive based on perpendicular recording technology and a 500GB eSATA Pushbutton Back-up Hard Drive.

"Seagate's widespread presence at CES is testimony to the integral role that hard drive storage plays in nearly every facet of today's active digital lifestyle," said Seagate president and CEO, Bill Watkins. "Seagate's full range of consumer solutions enables users to store, share, and manage all types of digital content, from audio to streaming video to data. We are continually working on innovative technologies to enable and enhance new consumer applications for devices as diverse as MP3s, DVRs, cell phones and digital cameras and for environments as varied as the home, car and personal space. Disc drives are at the center of exciting applications ranging from film-making and photography to art, music and podcasting. Wherever people are enjoying and relying on digital content, Seagate is there."

Seagate's new product announcements at CES 2006 included:

* Seagate 160GB Portable Hard Drive - the industry's first portable hard drive built with perpendicular recording, an innovative technology that Seagate has employed to deliver the market's highest portable drive capacity in a 2.5- inch form factor. The new portable hard drive - Seagate's second implementation of next-generation perpendicular technology - provides 30% more capacity than comparably sized drives. It leverages the unique properties of perpendicular technology to deliver more reliable, robust and faster performance, making it ideal for applications demanding high temperature and rugged operating environments. Seagate's 160GB Portable Drive will ship in the current quarter.

* The 500GB eSATA Pushbutton Back-up Hard Drive - provides external data backup and protection at internal speeds up to a 300MB/s interface rate - up to five times faster than existing external storage solutions such as USB 2.0, 1394a. Seagate eSATA Pushbutton Back-up hard drives are advanced, high speed interface solutions for desktop systems, entry servers or digital video work stations needing fast, protective single drive speed or even faster, larger, multi-drive capacities. The 500GB eSATA drive will ship in Q2 calendar year 2006.

Demonstrations Emphasize Diversity
At CES 2006 Seagate will demonstrate a wide range of CE products that use Seagate hard drives, including the new Xbox 360, MP3 players, DVR/PVR systems, digital still and video cameras, handheld navigation systems, TV's, cell phones, digital still cameras and digital video cameras and automotive GPS systems. The company will also showcase its branded solution products, including its Pocket Hard Drive, Portable Hard Drive, CompactFlash Photo Hard Drive and Pushbutton Back-up Hard Drives, its Mirra Personal Server as well as future concepts. These offerings will be on display at the CES show from January 5-8, 2006 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall 3, booth number 31753.

The Future of Hard Drives
Rob Pait, Seagate Director of Global CE Marketing, is scheduled to deliver the keynote address for the 2006 Storage Visions conference which runs in conjunction with CES on January 7, 2006 at 8:00 a.m. PST at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Pait will address trends and market drivers for CE storage in 2006.

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, 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 www.seagate.com. Seagate, Seagate Technology and the WAVE log are registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners. 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.