Nov 01, 1999

Seagate Unveils New Versions of World's Favorite Enterprise Disc Drives

Seagate Technology, Inc. (NYSE: SEG) today unveiled its newest Cheetah and Barracuda disc drives, the world's most trusted Internet storage devices. With drive capacities as high as 73.4 Gbytes, formatted data rates that break the 40 Mbytes/second barrier, and doubled external transfer rates with the new Ultra160 SCSI and 2 Gigabit Fibre Channel interfaces, a single 10,000-rpm Cheetah can store more than 24,000 MP3 songs or more information than 36,000 trees made into paper and printed.

The new Cheetahs, with capacities of 73.4, 36.7, 18.3 and 9.1 Gbytes, and the new Barracuda with capacities of 18.3 and 9.1 Gbytes, are the most reliable Seagate has ever designed and are expected to continue their domination in applications like the Internet, transaction processing, enterprise servers, and video and audio servers.

Non-linear video and audio editing performed by the major studios is one of the most demanding tests a storage system can be subjected to. During production, a 90-minute film can fill up 925 Gbytes of storage just for the individual frames, and the performance demands on the disc drives are extreme.

Seagate drives help Universal Studios turn out great films, including last week's number-one hit "Best Man," "End of Days" starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, appearing Thanksgiving, and Jim Carrey's "Man on the Moon," due this Christmas. "I look forward to the astonishing advances in film editing that the new Cheetah 73 family will support," said Max Friedman, post-production editor at Universal Studios. "Seagate's Fibre Channel drives are the standard requirement in today's A/V studio. This technology is critical for throughput and multiple users - we have ten machines accessing our Cheetahs at the same time."

"Seagate's Barracuda and Cheetah drives have been the standard for professional music since the advent of digital sound recording," said Walter Afanasieff, the Grammy-winning producer of Ricky Martin, Mariah Carey, and other Sony recording artists whose albums have sold more than 300 million copies. "My Seagate Cheetahs are extremely fast and dependable, giving me the power I need to compose, record, mix and edit music with the professional sound and quality expected of popular hits and platinum sellers."

With a 45 percent improvement in usable data rate and 16 Mbyte auto-configuring cache, the largest cache buffer in the industry, Cheetah is designed and built for transaction processing and large file transfers. Along with reduced acoustics and power requirements, these performance gains make the Cheetah the drive of choice for server applications.

"EMC and Seagate continue to work together to design and integrate next generation disc drives, bringing customers the world's most sophisticated storage systems," said James Rothnie, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Technical Officer at EMC Corporation, of Hopkinton, Mass., the world's leading provider of enterprise storage systems, software and services. "Combining high performance and reliability, Seagate Enterprise drives are an important component of EMC's industry leading Symmetrix Enterprise Storage systems."

"Our decision to add Seagate's Cheetah technology to our Compaq disk drive product offering is based on the performance advantage, reliability, and value this technology brings to our customers." said Jeff Jenkins, Director of Data Products Marketing at Compaq Computer Corporation.

Seagate's version of Ultra160 SCSI introduces "Fairness" technology, which keeps the interface free from bottlenecks by allowing all attached devices equal access to the SCSI bus. Fairness technology negotiates use of the system bus to enable the most efficient allocation of resources, eliminating problems in which some drives are starved for attention from the bus and preventing system hangs that occur when a drive doesn't receive timely arbitration. Seagate's Fairness is a must have feature for server environments. Seagate offers Ultra160 SCSI with the new Barracudas and Cheetahs, and will add the new interface to its currently shipping Cheetah 18LP

2-Gbit Fibre Channel is Seagate's fifth generation FC-AL interface. With sustained data transfer rates reaching 400 Mbytes/second in dual-loop configurations, and Public Loop Support (PLS) providing the capability of connecting more than 16 million drives to a Storage-Networked infrastructure, Seagate is fueling the deployment of Storage Area Networks in the new millennium.

The 7,200-rpm Barracuda 18XL, targeted at the price sensitive entry-level server market, is Seagate's first reduced-diameter media drive in the Barracuda family. Highly leveraged from the Cheetah platform, the Barracuda 18XL boasts an average seek time of 5.9 msec and a 31 percent faster data rate over earlier Barracudas. With SAMS (Seagate's Advanced MultiDrive System), low 7-watt idle power consumption and whisper quiet 3.4 bels acoustics, the Barracuda provides a mainframe class drive for the office environment. The Barracuda reestablishes availability of all current and legacy Ultra SCSI and UltraWide SCSI interfaces.

Seagate's 3D Defense System offers unique "Just in Time" (JIT) seeking, which intelligently controls head movement to be faster, quieter and consume less power. The system also features G-Force Protection to increase drive ruggedness and reliability, data integrity features to predict and prevent potential data errors, unique SeaShell packaging that reduces handling shock tenfold, and a diagnostic toolbox including the exclusive SeaTools software. The 3D Defense System helps make Seagate Enterprise drives the toughest in the industry, with an industry-leading non-operating shock resistance up to 250 Gs.

The Barracuda 18XL, Cheetah 18XL, Cheetah 36LP and Cheetah 73 will be available Q1 2000. Single-unit OEM pricing is expected to be $599, $859, $1,195, and $2,080, respectively. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) may contact their Seagate sales representative for volume pricing. Seagate will demonstrate the new products this month at Comdex in Las Vegas.


For further information contact:

John Paulsen, (831) 439-2499

Woody Monroy, (831) 439-2838

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