Jun 23, 2003

Seagate Works With Intel To Offer Serial ATA For The Price Of Parallel ATA With Intel Desktop Boards

In an exclusive offer to Seagate and Intel resellers, Seagate and Intel are offering Serial ATA hard drives for the price of Parallel ATA hard drives with the purchase of eligible Intel Desktop boards. Seagate makes the industry's only Native Serial ATA hard drives, and its Barracuda 7200.7 is the industry's only second-generation drive to incorporate the interface. Intel has led the industry by incorporating Serial ATA support into its latest Desktop boards.

When resellers purchase any of the eligible Intel Desktop Boards from a participating distributor, they are eligible to purchase a Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 hard drive with Serial ATA for the price of a Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 hard drive with Parallel ATA. This reseller discount will occur at the time of the purchase, and is subject to the combined purchase of an eligible Intel Desktop Board with an equal number of Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 hard drives and purchased on the same invoice. The promotion is in effect until July 25, 2003.

"Intel is working with Seagate to help system builders utilize the advantages of Serial ATA today," said Joel Christensen, Director of Marketing for Intel Desktop Board Operations. "Seagate and Intel have worked closely to develop the Serial ATA architecture and deliver its advantages to customers in real products. We are pleased to help broaden the adoption of Serial ATA technology as the latest design and performance improvement for the PC platform."

"Seagate and Intel 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 Brian Dexheimer, Seagate executive vice president of Worldwide Sales, Marketing and Customer Service. "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'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 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

Eligible Intel Desktop Boards
This offer is good on the following Intel Desktop Boards: D875PBZ, D865GLC, D865PERL D845PEBT2, D865GBF.

For more information on this promotion, please visit: http://www.7200rpm.com/bundle
For more information on Intel desktop boards, please visit: http://developer.intel.com/design/motherbd
For a list of Seagate Technology distributors, go to: http://www.seagate.com/cda/reseller/distributors

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