Sep 29, 2008

Seagate 500GB Notebook Hard Drives Power New Acer Notebook Computers With World's Highest Capacity And Speed

Seagate (NASDAQ:STX) today announced that Acer, one of the world’s largest providers of notebook computers, is offering new mobile computers using Seagate Momentus® 5400.6 hard drives – a 500GB 2.5-inch HDD with the fastest data transfer rates in its class, designed to meet explosive worldwide demand for high capacity home and business notebook computers.

Seagate Momentus 5400.6 500GB hard drives deliver the perfect combination of capacity, speed and durability to support rich digital gaming and other intensive multimedia applications that are the hallmark of the Acer Aspire consumer notebook PCs, and the blazing on-the-road performance and shock tolerance of the Acer TravelMate professional notebooks. Momentus 5400.6 drives combine an areal density of 394 Gbits per square inch – the highest ever for a notebook hard drive – with a data transfer rate of 87 Megabytes/second, the fastest available for a 5400-rpm notebook drive.

“Acer mobile PC customers want notebooks that deliver state-of-the-art capabilities to meet their needs for capacity, performance and durability,” said Campbell Kan, vice president of the Mobile Computing Business Unit at Acer. “Seagate’s new 500GB Momentus hard drive enables Acer to deliver the richest multimedia experience and on-the-go robustness available for notebook computers.”

“We are pleased that Acer is delivering cutting-edge mobile computers with 500GB notebook hard drives from Seagate, with more personal computer makers to follow,” said BanSeng Teh, vice president and managing director, Seagate Asia Pacific. “Seagate continues to advance hard drive capacity, speed and durability, and our latest 500GB 2.5-inch drives and 1.5 Terabyte 3.5-inch drives provide the highest capacities on the planet to meet the growing need to create, store, share and protect digital content.”

Momentus 5400.6 HDD, Seagate’s newest 2.5-inch 5400-rpm drive, delivers the best combination of capacity, mobility and durability for mainstream notebook computers, external storage solutions and industrial applications requiring a small form factor. The drive, the fourth generation of Seagate’s notebook family to use capacity-boosting Perpendicular Magnetic Recording technology, combines a powerful Serial ATA 3GB/second interface and capacities of 500GB, 320GB, 250GB, 160GB and 120GB with 8MB of cache.

To help protect data, the hard drive is built tough to withstand up to 1,000 Gs of non-operating shock and 350 Gs of operating shock, making it ideal for systems that are subject to rough handling or high levels of vibration. For extra durability in mobile environments, Momentus 5400.6 hard drives are offered with G-Force Protection™, a free-fall sensor technology that helps prevent drive damage and data loss upon impact if a notebook PC is dropped. The sensor works by detecting any changes in acceleration equal to the force of gravity, then parking the head off the disk to prevent contact with the platter in a free fall of as little as 8 inches. Moreover, the drive is thrifty on power consumption, allowing mobile notebook users to work longer between battery charges, and virtually inaudible thanks to Seagate’s innovative SoftSonic™ fluid-dynamic bearing motors.

About Seagate
Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of hard disk drives and storage solutions, providing products for a wide-range of applications, including Enterprise, Desktop, Mobile Computing, Consumer Electronics and Branded Solutions. Seagate’s business model leverages technology leadership and world-class manufacturing to deliver industry-leading innovation and quality to its global customers, with the goal of being the time-to-market leader 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

Seagate, Seagate Technology and the Wave logo are registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC. Momentus, G-Force Protection and SoftSonic are trademarks or registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC or one of its affiliated companies. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners. When referring to hard drive capacity, one gigabyte, or GB, equals one billion bytes and one terabyte, or TB, equals one trillion bytes. Your computer’s operating system may use a different standard of measurement and report a lower capacity. In addition, some of the listed capacity is used for formatting and other functions, and thus will not be available for data storage. Actual quantities will vary based on various factors, including file size, file format, features and application software. Seagate reserves the right to change, without notice, product offerings or specifications.