Nov 16, 2005

Seagate Launches Branded Solutions in Taiwan

Seagate Technology (NYSE: STX), the worldwide leader in hard disc drives, today announced that it has launched a broad range of branded solutions in the Taiwan market. Seagate's new offerings will further enhance end-users' experience with the "Terabyte Life" of digital entertainment, work and learning. These Seagate branded solutions range from the 1-inch hard drives that slide into your pocket to 3.5-inch External Hard Drives, and its 8GB Compact Flash Photo Hard Drive. These retail products are available through Seagate's authorized distributors, Taiwan Aries Co., Ltd. and Synnex Technology International Corp.

With one of the industry's broadest product lines, Seagate's offering of retail hard drive solutions includes its USB 2.0 Pocket Hard Drive (1-inch / 5GB), Portable External Hard Drive (2.5-inch / 40GB and 100GB), External Hard Drive (3.5-inch / 160-400GB) and CompactFlash Photo Hard Drive (4GB and 8GB).

"We are pleased to offer a wide range of innovative storage solutions to enhance our customers' experience with and enjoyment of the 'Terabyte Life'," said, Ban Seng Teh, vice president and managing director for Asia, Seagate Technology. "Hard disc drives are everywhere and they are enabling a digital lifestyle in ways that the world has never seen as content becomes increasingly digital. Seagate is at the forefront of this revolution and we are committed to developing storage solutions that will demonstrate our ability to innovate and customize our technology to unique and varied applications for the market's needs."

Seagate USB 2.0 Pocket Hard Drive
The Seagate USB 2.0 Pocket Hard Drive, which won the Consumer Electronics Show Innovation Award for 2005, is the world's first 5GB hard drive truly small enough to fit in a pocket or backpack. The Pocket Hard Drive is a cool-looking, sleek round shell with a robust design and high-shock tolerance-enabling mobility. It is as convenient as a traditional USB thumb drive but it has an incredible 5GB of storage in a USB 2.0 bus powered design. The Pocket Drive is the convenient way to carry digital music (up to 74 hours), photos (up to 4,000 1MB images), digital video (up to 4.5 hours) and business files. Its 5GB capacity enables users to store far more than USB thumb drives at similar price points - making it a very cost-effective storage alternative.

Seagate Portable External Hard Drive
Seagate's newest rugged Portable External Hard Drive offers FireWire (IEEE 1394a) and USB 2.0 interfaces and up to 100GB of capacity - the highest capacity in its class - in a package small and light enough to carry in a briefcase, purse, backpack or pocket. Weighing less than one pound (300 grams), the drive's low power consumption, shock-absorbing aluminum enclosure and small size make it perfect for consumers and business travelers needing convenient, safe, on-the-go storage for volumes of personal and business files, presentations, digital photos, video and music. The Portable External Hard Drive also offers easy-to-use BounceBack Express backup software to protect valuable data.

Seagate External Hard Drive
The new Seagate External Hard Drive is the first to herald a massive 400GB capacity and the speedy new FireWire 800 interface on an external hard drive for PCs and workstations. The new FireWire 800 interface is the fastest FireWire ever - and the fastest interface available on any external PC hard drive. It is capable of supporting data rates up to 800Mbps (megabits per second) on many FireWire 800-capable systems available today. Seagate's drives also continue to offer high-speed USB 2.0 and Firewire (IEEE 1394a) interfaces. The 160GB model supports USB 2.0 interface only.

With a wide range of capacities from 160GB up to 400GB, the Seagate External Hard drive is the perfect solution for storing hours of video memories, volumes of music, years of digital pictures, and thousands of vital business files. Its massive capacity and speedy interfaces give consumer or professional video editors and producers the performance and capacity needed to work in real time with massive amounts of compressed and uncompressed digital media files, as well as archiving them. With its simple push-button backup and plug-and-play storage expansion, the drive makes it easy for users to archive, backup, retrieve and protect huge amounts of data - hundreds of hours of high-quality video and thousands of multimedia and business files and digital photos.

Seagate's Compact Flash Photo Hard Drive
Seagate's Compact Flash Photo Hard Drive are the first 4GB and 8GB CompactFlash media storage cards. They offer unparalleled capacities at cost-effective price points for digital photography hobbyists and professional photographers that shoot and store large volumes of high-resolution digital photos. It is ideal for high-resolution, point-and-shoot and professional digital cameras with a Compact Flash type II media slot and it is the most cost-effective solution for entertainment, gaming and PDA devices that use Compact Flash Type II media.

Suggest Retail prices    
USB 2.0 Pocket Hard Drive: 5GB (NT$ 3,600)
2.5-inch Portable External Hard Drive: 40GB (NT$ 4,000)
  100GB (NT$ 7,200)
3.5-inch External Hard Drive: 160GB (NT$ 4,700)
  300GB (NT$ 8,500)
  400GB (NT$ 12,000)
Compact Flash Photo Drive: 4GB (NT$ 4,600)
  8GB (NT$ 8,200)

Warranty & Customer Service
All Seagate retail products feature a worry-free one-year warranty that covers all parts and labor, plus free technical support even after the warranty ends. A toll free telephone customer support line is available for end user customers in Taiwan. Supporting the Chinese language, the toll free number is: 00.800.0830.1730. This toll free number accesses Seagate's contact center partner located in Beijing, China, which can also be reached via email at: Seagate_support@teleservices.com.cn. Support services will be available during business hours: 8.30am to 5.30pm (Taiwan time) Monday through Friday, excluding Chinese public holidays.

For more information on the retail products, visit Seagate Taiwan website: www.seagate-asia.com/taiwan.

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.

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