Dec 11, 2007

Seagate Supports Student Computer Graphics Competition

TOKYO - Seagate Technology, (NYSE: STX), the world’s leading storage solutions company, today announced that it would support the Student Computer Graphics Competition held by the Computer Graphic Arts Society, with co-operation from the Japan Media Arts Festival and sponsored by the Agency for Cultural Affairs.

The purpose of this annual Student Computer Graphics Competition is to discover promising young talent and to provide them with a place to exhibit their digital works. This competition has been running since 1995 and it is now in its 13th year. The competition features a collection of computer graphics pieces in a wide range of genres, from digital art, animation, and games, to simulations of construction and engineering. This year, there were over 1000 entries full of innovative and ambitious ideas that are typical of students. Prizewinning entries were selected in three categories: static images, moving images, and interactive.

Seagate will present its Maxtor® OneTouch® storage solutions as prizes to the winners of the Grand Prize, Excellence Prize, Encouragement Prize, and Special Prize. By presenting these high-end products for the students’ use, Seagate hopes that this will serve to encourage prizewinners to become active and productive creators in the future.

“High capacity storage is an ideal prize and is what the prize winners of the CG competition require most,” said Mr. Shinichi Sugiura, executive director of the CG-ARTS Society. “Seagate and Maxtor products have a solid reputation for reliability and ease of use, and we are confident that the students will enjoy using them. The drives are quiet and have an overall distinctive design with streamlined cases that protect them from shock. OneTouch® family of storage solutions successfully combines simplicity and practicality with great design.”

Tsuyoshi Kobayashi, president of Nippon Seagate, said, "We are proud of our products and are delighted that such talented students will find pleasure in using our products to backup their creative works. As up-and-coming young creators, I am sure they will appreciate the high reliability, ease of use and functionality of our external hard disk drives. As these creators continue to create such intensively high quality graphics, there is a growing need for a storage solution that combines capacity, speed, and reliability. At Seagate we will continue to meet such increasingly demanding needs."

The selection of prizewinning entries in the competition was finalized by prominent figures in the field of computer graphics including university professors, popular artists, and senior members of production companies, and the winners were announced on November 9th. The winning entries will be on display from February 6th next year at an exhibition of the prizewinning works held at the National Art Center, Tokyo (Roppongi in Minato-ku, Tokyo) in cooperation with the Japan Media Arts Festival supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs.

About the CG-ARTS Society
The CG-ARTS Society was established in 1992 with approval for incorporation by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. The Society is primarily active in “human resource development” and “promotion of culture” in the field of computer graphics. Their main activities are as follows:

• Compiling curricula and development of educational materials
• Administering three certification tests
• Set-up and promotion of educational environments and development of instructors
• Holding the Student Computer Graphics Competition
• Holding the Japan Media Arts Festival supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs
• Planning and managing the Japan Media Arts Festival Plaza supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs

About Seagate
Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of hard disc drives, 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, 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 www.seagate.com in English.

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