Dec 17, 2003

Seagate Works With Gigabyte To Offer Serial ATA Solution At A Discount

Seagate Technology (NYSE:STX) and leading desktop PC motherboard manufacturer Gigabyte have joined forces to deliver a complete Serial ATA (SATA) solution at significant cost savings for reseller partners. When resellers purchase an eligible Gigabyte Serial ATA motherboard and a Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 Serial ATA drive from a participating distributor, they are eligible to receive up to a discount of USD28.50. This reseller discount will occur at the time of the purchase, and is subject to the combined purchase of the eligible Gigabyte motherboard with an equal number of Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 Serial ATA hard drives and purchased on the same invoice. The promotion is in effect until January 2, 2004.

"Serial ATA technology allows us to deliver a new level of storage performance and Gigabyte is pleased to push the edge of technology by bundling our selected desktop PC motherboards with Seagate Serial ATA hard drives," said Tony Liao, Gigabyte Channel Marketing Associate Vice President. "The performance and simplicity of the SATA solution will enable the consumer to easily transfer music, movies and data at high speeds providing an enhanced digital life experience."

"Seagate and Gigabyte agree it's important to enable our reseller partners to adopt Serial ATA now - Serial ATA is faster, simpler to integrate and provides a new level of reliability for system builders," said Teh Ban Seng, Seagate vice president and managing director of Asia Sales and Marketing. "As the only hard drive maker offering a true native Serial ATA interface, Seagate is helping resellers advance to next-generation systems now. Our work to develop new technologies like Serial ATA helps system builders create more opportunities with new products, new features and new levels of performance."

Seagate makes the industry's only native SATA hard drives. Seagate's native Serial ATA architecture enables full Serial ATA transfer speeds up to 150 Mbytes per second and adds no excess components that increase overhead and can reduce performance. It uses a point-to-point connection that eliminates device bus sharing, making multi-drive systems work faster, because the full bandwidth of each bus is dedicated to a single hard drive.

Serial ATA uses simple socket-style connectors instead of the old 40-pin connectors. Serial ATA has eliminated the need to set tiny master/slave jumpers on the drive; its thinner, longer cables are easier to route; and hot-plug connectivity can mean greater productivity when configuring a PC system. Serial ATA provides better reliability and improved data integrity for PCs. 32-bit Cyclic Redundancy Checking protects data, command and status information. More robust cabling with reduced data crosstalk improves overall system reliability, and smaller cables allow better airflow within the PC. For system developers, Serial ATA offers 100-percent software compatibility with Parallel ATA for an easy transition.

Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 with the Serial ATA interface offers:
* 150 Mbytes/second transfer rate
* Industry's only native Serial ATA desktop drive
* Thinner, more flexible cabling, available in lengths up to one meter
* 100% software compatibility with Parallel ATA systems
* Industry's quietest 7200 RPM drive, with Seagate's patented SoftSonic FDB motors
* 8MB cache
* Available in 80GB, 120GB and 160GB storage capacities

Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of hard disc drives, providing products for a wide range of Enterprise, PC, Notebook and Consumer Electronics applications. The Company is committed to delivering 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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