Jun 19, 2015

Seagate Opens S$100M Design And R&D Centre In Singapore

R&D will focus on technologies for mobile and thin devices;
Seagate also announces bursary programme for NUS and NTU to boost STEM-skilled graduates

SINGAPORE—Jun. 19, 2015—Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ:STX), a world leader in storage solutions, today officially opened the Seagate Singapore Design Centre. This new S$100 million facility can house over 900 employees and is designed to provide world-class research and development (R&D) facilities for the mobile storage R&D team in Singapore.

The new facility, named “The Shugart” in honour of the founder of Seagate, Al Shugart, will focus on the development of 2.5-inch small form-factor hard drives, hybrid drives, firmware, software and technologies. Applications for these products include the latest thin-and-light mobile PCs, local backup storage devices, digital video recorders and new opportunities such as network attached storage solutions.

“From the very first 1-inch drives used in digital music players, to the thinnest 2.5-inch drives used in ultra-books and mobile devices today, our Singapore R&D team has been instrumental in driving Seagate’s innovation leadership,” said Steve Luczo, chairman and CEO of Seagate. “The Shugart is a world-class facility that enables collaboration that will strengthen our technology leadership. We truly appreciate the Singapore government’s partnership and commitment in making this possible.”

“Seagate has been a valued partner of Singapore for more than 30 years. The opening of The Shugart today is testament to Seagate’s long-term commitment to Singapore. This Centre reinforces Singapore’s position as the leading location for advanced data storage R&D. We are well placed to capture new opportunities from the explosive growth of data in an increasingly interconnected world,” said Yeoh Keat Chuan, Managing Director of Economic Development Board.

The facility, which began construction in July 2013, has a gross floor area of over 40,000 square metres and consists of a nine-floor tower connected to a six-floor tower with three basement levels. The building boasts a host of environmentally-friendly features such as large scale solar panels, passive displacement ventilation, energy-efficient lighting and rainwater harvesting systems. It was recently awarded the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) Green Mark Platinum Award, the highest rating for sustainable and environmentally-friendly buildings in Singapore.

As part of its commitment to the Singapore community and belief in nurturing intellectual talent, Seagate also announced a S$300,000 bursary programme with the National University of Singapore as well as the Nanyang Technological University to grow the pool of graduates with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills.

Seagate’s three decades of history in Singapore began in the 1980s, when the company first established a sub-assembly plant for disk drive components in 1982 and formed an R&D team in 1984. Today, Seagate is one of the largest electronics companies in Singapore, with 7,000 employees across three facilities.

The company’s current footprint in Singapore includes the Seagate Singapore International Headquarters (IHQ), the Woodlands Recording Media Operation, which saw a S$1.3 billion extension in 2006, and the Seagate Singapore Design Centre that opened today.

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Seagate Singapore Design Centre Milestones

Seagate has four drive design centres around the world – Singapore, South Korea, Shakopee, Minnesota and Longmont, Colorado. Seagate holds more than 9,000 patents in storage technologies.

Timeline of key products derived from R&D conducted in Singapore:

  • 1999 : Seagate U4 – the first low-cost 3.5-inch desktop drive.
  • 2002 : Seagate U Series X – the first thin 3.5-inch drive developed for non-traditional markets like the Xbox, copiers and point-of-sale systems.
  • 2004 : Seagate ST1 – the first 1-inch drive to offer 2.5GB and 5GB capacities, used in the Apple iPod Mini, Creative and iRiver media players.
  • 2006 : Seagate ST18 – Seagate’s first 1.8-inch drive, with an industry-leading capacity of 60GB and the first 1.8-inch drive available with a CE-ATA interface.
  • 2009 : Seagate Momentus 5400.6 – the first 2.5-inch notebook drive with 250GB per disk. The highest capacity before this product was 160GB per disk.
  • 2009 : Seagate Momentus Thin – the world’s thinnest 2.5-inch drive at 7mm in height.
  • 2013 : Seagate Laptop Ultrathin HDD – The world’s thinnest 2.5-inch drive at 5mm in height.