May 24, 2006

Seagate and Transtec Team Up With Stefan Meyer-Kahlen and His Shredder Program at the 14th Computer Chess World Championship 2006 in Turin

MUNICH, Germany - Seagate Technology (NYSE:STX), the world's leading hard-drive manufacturer, and transtec AG, a manufacturer of custom hardware solutions, are giving Stefan Meyer-Kahlen and his Shredder program their support at the 14th Computer Chess World Championship 2006 in Turin. The Shredder program can calculate millions of possible chess moves within seconds.

Meyer-Kahlen, 10-time computer chess world champion, will face the competition with a transtec Quad Opteron server with the latest dual-core AMD processors and Seagate Cheetah hard drives with a spindle speed of 15,000 rpm in a RAID-10 array. The powerful transtec server offers extremely high data throughput rates and is thus ideal for calculating chess moves with the support of very large databases. In addition, all the grandmaster games of the last 100 years are stored on the system. At the Computer Chess World Championship in Turin, Meyer-Kahlen will log into the server at transtec's air-conditioned computer center in T�bingen from his notebook PC. The 14th Computer Chess World Championship will be held parallel to the (human) Chess Olympiad in Turin from May 24 to June 1 this year.

"Things have worked wonderfully well with transtec and Seagate. And with this computer I'm perfectly equipped to win the title again this year," says Stefan Meyer-Kahlen, author and operator of the award-winning Shredder computer chess program.

"Stefan Meyer-Kahlen's previous successes show that our extremely reliable products are ideal for applications like PC chess, where the requirements are particularly exacting," says transtec's chess project manager Holger Hennig, who is vice president of the Competence Center at transtec AG.

"Our Cheetah 15K.4 hard drives are ideal for computer chess because they can handle 30 percent more input/output operations a second and have 20 percent shorter response times than 10,000 rpm 3.5-inch drives. They thus deliver the performance required to access the chess database extremely quickly," explains Hans-Dieter Blaser, Seagate's Executive Director of EMEA Sales and Marketing.

The exact configuration of the computer:
- transtec AMD Quad Opteron server
- 4x Opteron 885 AMD dual-core CPUs, 2.6 GHz, 2MB cache
- 4 GB DDR SDRAM, ICP Vortex Ultra SCSI 320 RAID controller
- 4 x Cheetah 15K.4 hard drives in a RAID 10 array
- Rackmount 2U system
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About Stefan Meyer-Kahlen and his Shredder program
Stefan Meyer-Kahlen's Shredder chess programs have won ten Computer Chess World Championship titles since 1966, are among the leaders in all the important ranking lists for chess programs and are recognized as being the most powerful chess programs for PCs. The Shredder chess programs have been available commercially in numerous countries throughout the world in various versions since 1997. Today Shredder is one of the best known names in computer chess, used by chess players all over the world. For more information, visit

About transtec AG:
transtec AG, a listed corporation founded in 1980 in T�bingen, Germany, offers custom hardware solutions and directly markets powerful, failsafe servers, network components, storage products, cluster and SAN solutions. The company's Classic Hardware (CHW) division offers flexible IT solutions for different corporate structures at transparent prices - with a range of services from product consulting to installation and support. The transtec Competence Center (CC) develops and configures supercomputers, high-end servers and storage networks for companies and public-sector organizations with research- and compute-intensive applications. transtec is represented in a number of European countries besides Germany: France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria and Switzerland. In the financial year 2005 the company earned revenue of 61.5 million euros with a workforce of 180. For more information, visit

About Seagate
Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture 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

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