May 20, 1996

Seagate Strengthens Desktop Presence with Four Additions to its Award-winning Medalist Family of Hard Disc Drives

Seagate Technology, Inc. (NYSE:SEG) today announced four new additions to its award-winning Medalist family of disc drives, designed for desktop computer users requiring high capacity and leading performance for data-intensive applications like graphics and video. Seagate's Fast ATA-2 (IDE) interface hard disc drives utilize a combination of core technologies and state-of-the-art advancements, enabling users of today's sophisticated desktop applications to fully enjoy the power of personal computing. Recognized for the breadth of its product line, Seagate is further strengthening its desktop offerings with a unique variety of products ranging from 850 Mbytes to more than 2 Gbytes, meeting the needs of customers seeking capacity, performance, and value.

Designed for demanding performance-class PCs and personal workstations, the Medalist Pro 2.5 (ST52520A) packs 2.5 Gbytes of storage in a two-disc, 3.5-inch slimline (19mm high) form factor. This Fast ATA-2 interface drive utilizes Seagate's second-generation magneto-resistive (MR) heads and partial response-maximum likelihood (PRML) read channel technology to achieve an excellent power-to-performance ratio. Featuring a rotational speed of 5,400-rpm, average seek time of 11 msec., and an internal data transfer rate of up to 116 Mbits/second, the Medalist Pro 2.5 is Seagate's fastest ATA interface drive to date, and is well suited to small office/home-office and corporate desktop computer users.

Seagate is partnering its Medalist Pro 2.5 with a second product offering in the same family: the two-platter, slimline 2.1 Gbyte Medalist Pro 2.1 (ST52160A), characterized by similarly compelling capacity and performance features. Both drives in Seagate's Medalist Pro family feature an industry-leading 500,000-hour mean time between failure (MTBF) rating.

"Our wide range of OEM customers indicate that the 2.5 and 2.1 Gbyte capacity points will be a sweet spot for top-of-the-line, performance class PC systems introduced in the third and fourth quarters of calendar year 1996," said Phil Detwiler, Seagate's senior vice president of Marketing. "The Medalist Pro 2.5 and Medalist Pro 2.1, Seagate's best performance desktop drives to date, are aimed at this segment and are a perfect complement to our customers' high performance systems."

Looking toward the value-class segment, Seagate is also announcing its Medalist 1.7 (ST31720A), a 3.5-inch Fast ATA-2 interface drive bringing a unique blend of capacity, performance, and affordability to customers. Featuring 1.7 Gbytes of formatted capacity, a rotational speed of 4,500-rpm and average seek time of 12.5 msec., the two-disc Medalist 1.7 is an excellent candidate for multimedia consumer systems and the disc drive industry's growing upgrade market. The Medalist 1.7 product family also includes the Medalist 850 (ST3852A), a Fast ATA-2 drive targeted at entry-level systems. With 850 Mbytes of formatted capacity, the Medalist 850 reaches a performance level nearly identical to that of the Medalist 1.7.

"The mainstream shipping points for midrange and entry level desktop PC systems will likely occur at 1.7 Gbytes and 850 Mbytes, and Seagate's new Medalist 1.7 family is targeted to these specific applications," said Detwiler. "Seagate has optimized its high-volume products to create the best fit for customers needing a combination of good performance and excellent value."

The Medalist Pro 2.5, Medalist Pro 2.1, Medalist 1.7, and Medalist 850 are multimedia ready, include the capability to enable Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology (S.M.A.R.T.), will ship with installation software, and are backed by a three year limited warranty. Evaluation units are scheduled for the third quarter of calendar year 1996.

Seagate Technology, Inc. is a data technology company that provides products for storing, managing and accessing digital information on the world's computer and data communications systems. Seagate is the largest independent disc drive and related components company in the world.