Nov 12, 2001

Seagate RSS and Imation Enhance Travan Technology Roadmap; Announce Plans for Next Generation Products

Seagate Removable Storage Solutions (RSS), a leading manufacturer of computer tape drive and tape head products, and Imation Corp. (NYSE: IMN), a leader in removable data storage media, today confirmed their continuing commitment to Travan tape technology by announcing plans for a new family of Travan 40 tape drives and cartridges based on the seventh generation of Travan technology. Using this new technology, the Travan 40 tape drives and cartridges offer up to 20 Gbytes native storage capacity (40 Gbytes compressed) while maintaining backward compatibility. With more than 10 million drives shipped worldwide since its launch in 1995, Travan technology offers small-to-medium businesses a reliable, cost-effective tape backup and storage solution. A detailed product announcement will be made in early 2002.

"Seagate is committed to deliver quality data protection solutions to customers who depend on Travan to protect the valuable information they rely on every day," said Bob Hawkins, director, product line management for Seagate Removable Storage Solutions. "Seagate's Travan 40 tape drives with up to 40 Gbytes of compressed data protection will fit the needs of mobile/notebook users as well as workstations and entry-level servers in a small-to-medium business environment."

"Today's small and mid-sized businesses are faced with the ever-increasing challenge of choosing a backup solution that will meet the reliability and capacity needs of business today and tomorrow," said Frank Russomanno, vice president and general manager of Data Storage Media and Services at Imation. "With a clear migration path based on the newest Travan drives and media announced today, Travan technology will continue to deliver the scalability and reliability our customers demand."

The strength of Seagate's tape drive expertise and Imation's tape cartridge expertise continues to enhance the performance, scalability and reliability of Travan technology, resulting in the development of Seagate's two Travan drive configurations and Imation's new 40 Gbyte cartridge. Both the drives and media offer greater flexibility to small and medium businesses requiring reliable data storage based on linear recording.

Drive specifications for Seagate's Travan 40 tape drive include 20 Gbyte native capacity with 2 Mbytes/sec native transfer rate and backward-read compatible with Travan 20 Gbyte technology. Internal versions will have an ATAPI interface and an external implementation will have a USB 2.0 connection. Seagate Travan 40 tape drive products will be compatible with Windows 95/98/NTWS/2000 professional/Millennium/XP, Windows NT/2000 Server, Novell Net 3/4/5/6/, SCO UNIX and Linux.

Currently commanding the largest share of the worldwide Travan tape drive market with the award-winning Hornet tape drive line, Seagate is a leading producer of internal and external Travan tape drives and TapeStor Travan bundled tape drive solutions sold to resellers and VARs, for integration into entry-level server and workstation products. The Company's TapeStor Travan Portable USB solution earned "Best In Class" in's Winlist 100.

Travan technology, based on linear recording, represents an efficient cartridge and drive design that reduces tape stress, ensures data integrity and increases drive and cartridge reliability. Travan technology has established a solid heritage of affordability, reliability, scalability and performance. With tape drive features such as Seagate's patented FastSense™, a feature that minimizes backup time by matching drive speed with the host system, Travan technology meets the growing needs of mission-critical data backup in the business server space.

About Award-Winning Seagate Hornet Tape Drives and TapeStor Travan Solutions
To meet the backup requirements of users from the mobile/laptop market to workstations and entry-level servers, Seagate Hornet Travan drives currently provide compressed capacities of up to 20 Gbytes. Seagate RSS also offers TapeStor Travan bundled solutions that include backup software, media and accessories. Seagate RSS provides branded data cartridges for all of the tape drives it markets. Seagate Travan products are available in ATAPI/IDE, SCSI and USB interface configurations and are compatible with Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Unix operating systems.

Seagate RSS data protection solutions including tape drives and autoloaders, data cartridges and accessories are available worldwide through resellers, VARs and authorized distributors. In the United States, products are available for purchase at For more information on Seagate RSS tape drives, data cartridges and accessories, customers in the U.S. can call 1-800-626-6637 or 714-641-2500 or check Seagate's website at

About Seagate Removable Storage Solutions
A Seagate company, Seagate Removable Storage Solutions (RSS) is a market leader in tape backup products and data protection solutions with more than 10 million drives installed. Seagate RSS produces an extensive range of products designed to meet the backup, restore and personal external storage needs of virtually every platform from notebooks and PCs to enterprise servers. Seagate Removable Storage Solutions can be found around the globe and at, or by calling Imation at 1-888-466-3456. To receive recent news releases, corporate information and related shareholder services, call Imation's shareholder information line at 1.888.IMN.NYSE (1.888.466.6973).

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