Jun 27, 2005

Seagate Wins Canada System Builders Choice Awards for Hard Drives

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - Strengthening its hard drive leadership, Seagate Technology (NYSE:STX) today announced that the company has swept the Canada System Builders Choice Awards for hard drives. One of just two companies from the 100 nominated to take the top spot in two categories, Seagate was the only major disc drive maker honored for both drive performance and capacity by the 300 Canadian system builders who rated computer vendors in 16 product areas.

The system builders ranked the vendors in areas such as product quality, reliability, compatibility, salability, profitability, and availability, vendor responsiveness, and marketing, sales and technical support. Seagate Barracuda disc drives for desktop PCs and Momentus disc drives for notebook computers are channel favorites in Canada and around the globe and popular products sold by system builders who participate in the Seagate Partner Program (SPP).

The program is designed to provide system builders and resellers with new channel programs and tools to grow market share, increase profits, and accelerate their time to market. SPP focuses on providing national, regional and local whitebox and whitebook system builders with the technical expertise and marketing resources needed to deliver Seagate storage to a broader range of customers. More information about SPP is available at http://spp.seagate.com.

"On behalf of CRN Canada, I offer my congratulations to Seagate Technology on being recognized in the inaugural System Builder Choice Awards," said Andrew McKay, editor of CRN Canada. "The system builder channel is integral to the health of the IT industry in Canada, and Seagate is to be commended for its continued excellence in providing high-quality technologies to serve its partners."

Seagate's Barracuda family, the world's top-selling desktop PC disc drive, ships with 7,200-RPM spin speeds and capacities up to 400GB. Barracuda 7200.9, a 500GB capacity giant with a 3Gbit/second Serial ATA interface and Native Command Queuing for even higher performance, will join the family in the July-September period.

Seagate's Momentus family of notebook PC hard drives delivers up to 120GB of capacity, 7,200-RPM, 5,400-RPM and 4,200-RPM spin speeds, whisper-quiet operation and a ruggedness that is redefining mobile computing. Early next year, two groundbreaking Momentus disc drives will join the family -Momentus 5400.3, a 160GB monster and the industry's first 2.5-inch disc drive built on perpendicular recording technology; and Momentus 5400 FDE, the first disc drive offered by a major drive maker to deliver hardware-based Full Disc Encryption (FDE) to prevent unauthorized access to notebook PC data.

"There's no better reflection of Seagate's ability to provide system builders the world over with industry-leading products and channel programs than prestigious honors like this from Canada's system builders," said Jeff Loebbaka, vice president of Global Marketing at Seagate. "We thank the Canadian system builders for their continued trust and support of Seagate as we continue to deliver state-of-the-art products and programs that will help our channel customers accelerate time-to-market, expand their customer base and increase profits."

The Canada System Builders Choice Awards are sponsored by CRN Canada, e-channelnews and XChange System Builder Canada.

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 logo are registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC. Barracuda and Momentus are trademarks or registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC. One gigabyte, or GB, equals one billion bytes when referring to hard drive capacity. Accessible capacity may vary depending on operating environment and formatting.