Jun 25, 2001

TComNet Chooses Seagate Storage Technology for its Internet TV Set-Top Box

Seagate Technology, the world's leading disc drive supplier for the consumer market, announced today that its U Series disc drive has been qualified and endorsed by TComNet for its Internet TV set-top box.

Seagate offers a variety of testing, integration and mechanical analysis services to assist in qualifying drive-capable consumer electronics devices through its Consumer Electronics Testing and Engineering Center (CETEC). These services are available to key OEM customers such as TComNet as part of Seagate's partnership qualification business model.

With the world demanding more convenience in technology, TComNet is focused on providing convenience in its products. TComNet's Internet TV set-top box offers both Windows 98 and Linux functionality, and Internet access to video and audio broadcasting, gaming, email and banking. Its Seagate hard drive gives users rapid access to the applications that bring the Internetand the worldstraight to the TV screen.

"TcomNet continues to work to bring a whole new Consumer Solution platform to general consumers," said Myoung Jin Han, senior representative, Product Purchasing, TComNet. "Seagate's storage technology and CETEC expertise are excellent complements to TComNet's state-of-the-art CE products. Incorporating Seagate's proven and reliable hard drives, our best-in-class Internet TV set-top boxes will give people television entertainment that is in a class of its own."

"Seagate is pleased to provide the disc drive technology in TComNet's innovative Internet TV set-top box," said Joel Stead, senior vice president of Worldwide Sales and Marketing at Seagate. "This is another important CE win for Seagate and a major step forward in increasing our presence as a storage provider in the home. We continue to develop the technology and know-how that helps CE manufacturers deliver new and different kinds of entertainment devices for the consumer market."

The U Series disc drive family is designed specifically for use in consumer electronics and volume PCs. Featuring its exclusive "sound barrier technology" (SBT), Seagate's U Series is the world's quietest hard drive for mainstream desktop computers and Personal Video Recorders. The U Series is available in a unique consumer electronics configuration: the U Series AV, for superior A/V streaming, quiet data seeks and reduced power use. Seagate's U Series disc drives offer best-in-class reliability for PC and consumer-electronics applications. U Series ships with Seagate's exclusive 3D Defense System to lead the industry in ruggedness and data protection. Seagate's 3D Defense System includes the patented SeaShell packaging, soft SeaShield protective cover, SeaTools Suite diagnostic software and the award-winning DiscWizard installation software.

TcomNet, founded in September 1999 in Korea, is a leading venture firm of Internet TV STB development. Since February 2000, it has launched set-top boxes (STBs) enabling the broadband Internet connection and content distribution services, and formed alliances with Korea Telecom, LG Electronics, and Korea Thrunet (U.S. Nasdaq - listed company). In addition, with major customers such as United Power System and @speed and others, the company is considered as a leader in the broadband devices and services field. For more information about the company, please visit http://www.tcomnet.co.kr.

Seagate is the world's leading provider of storage technology for Internet, business and consumer applications. The Company's products include disc drives for the Enterprise, PCs and Consumer Electronics, as well as Storage Area Network (SAN) solutions and Server Appliances. Seagate's market leadership is based on 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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