Jan 06, 2008

Seagate Unveils New Solutions for Digital Content at CES That let Consumers Play It Up, Fill It Up, Back It Up and Lock It Up

LAS VEGAS - Seagate (NYSE:STX) dramatically strengthened the security and accessibility of digital content with its introductions today of the Maxtor® BlackArmor™ storage solution, an AES government-grade encrypting external storage device, and Central Axis technology, a software upgrade that will provide secure remote access and file sharing for existing Maxtor Shared Storage II network drives. The company unveiled these products at the 2008 International Consumer Electronics Show, where it also announced its PipelineHD™ Series hard drives, a new family of purpose-built hard disc drives for DVRs; enhancements to its popular FreeAgent™ storage solutions and a series of partnerships broadening the market for its D.A.V.E.™ portable, wireless storage device.

“Consumers are creating and sharing more digital content than ever, and in fact, Americans alone watched 100 billion web videos this year. Content is everywhere, which is fueling the need for more storage everywhere,” said Bill Watkins, Seagate CEO. “Seagate connects people with all of their content, and helps them safeguard, securely share, access, and enjoy it, whenever and wherever they want.”

Today’s announcements include:

Maxtor® BlackArmor™ storage solutions — a 2.5 inch portable external storage solution that features National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) certified encryption for the strongest commercially available data security on a consumer digital storage solution. The Maxtor BlackArmor solution is a 160GB portable storage device that delivers the confidence and reliability of robust security in a compact consumer-friendly design.

Employing SeagateSecure™ technology, this device is designed to keep content locked up in case the drive becomes lost or stolen. Maxtor BlackArmor drives are expected to be available in Q2 of 2008 for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $149.99. The drive also includes the award-winning Maxtor Manager software suite to provide automated schedule back up and multiple computer synchronization capabilities.

Maxtor Central Axis software — a software solution that provides a secure and convenient way to access and share content on a Maxtor Shared Storage II networked drive via a Web connection – without breaching network firewalls. Maxtor Central Axis technology, is expected to be available in March, is designed for existing Maxtor Shared Storage II solutions, and will be available from the Maxtor Solutions website as a free download.

Digital Audio Video Experience™ (D.A.V.E™) technology — Seagate is collaborating with several leading companies, such as Sanyo, HarmanBecker, and PortoMedia to incorporate the D.A.V.E. technology platform into their applications, providing them with substantial wireless, mobile, storage capacity. D.A.V.E. technology will be incorporated into future HarmanBecker high-end automotive media servers, providing in-car storage for movies, music and games as well as a platform for individuals to customize their digital content. In other applications, D.A.V.E. technology will allow quick and easy downloads of standard and high-definition movies, TV programs, music and more as part of a portable media delivery system with PortoMedia; it will also provide high-definition digital video storage for one of the market’s leading digital movie cameras, the Sanyo Xacti Digital Movie Camera.

FreeAgent™ storage solutions — Seagate’s FreeAgent family of storage products will offer increased capacities and now provide cross-platform compatibility, with support for the MAC OS X, Windows XP and Windows Vista operating systems. In the first quarter of 2008, FreeAgent Pro hard drives will be available with up to 1TB storage, and provide desktop and online support that allows users to easily manage their digital files, share them with almost anyone, and sync them to almost anything. The compact FreeAgent Go drive will be available with up to 250GB capacity in the first quarter of 2008. FreeAgent Pro, Desktop and Go drives come with Seagate’s industry-leading 5-year limited warranty.

PipelineHD™ Series hard drives — a new family of purpose-built hard disc drives for Digital Video Recorders (DVRs) will initially be offered with capacities ranging from 320GB all the way up to 1TB – enough storage to enable high-end home media centers to store hundreds of hours of HD movies. PipelineHD Series media-optimized hard drives are capable of operating at drive case temperatures of up to 75° C, improving system reliability and increasing the field life of DVRs and home media centers. The drives also offer virtually silent operation and the high performance required for HD streaming and peak power efficiency. PipelineHD Series drives’ Vista Logo Certification will provide DVR and Media Center manufacturers with a wide range of options to meet the requirements of all their customer segments.

Seagate Hosts BlogHaus, plus Frag Dolls Appearances
Seagate is once again hosting the BlogHaus at the Bellagio where bloggers and online journalists can retreat to cover CES news and events, upload videos, podcasts, and preview products and applications that utilize hard drives. In the BlogHaus, registered guests are able to enjoy high-speed broadband access, laptops and PCs with Vista OS, a gaming lounge (Xbox 360, PS3 and PC gaming), and food and beverages. Registration details and other information can be found at www.cesbloghaus.com.

Fans of the Frag Dolls, a world-renowned group of professional female gamers, should be certain to stop by the Seagate booth (South Hall 30659) where the Frag Dolls will challenge attendees at their favorite games. The Frag Dolls will appear at Seagate’s booth from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. PT on Monday, January 7 and Tuesday, January 8, and from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 10. They will also be at the BlogHaus at the Bellagio Hotel Tuesday evening, and they’ll be participating in tournaments as part of the Seagate Digital Experience Tour, located in the Fashion Show Mall, on Wednesday, January 9, from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. PT.

About Seagate
Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of hard disc drives that enable the creation, storage, sharing, and protection of digital content everywhere—the home, hand, car, and office. 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 a goal to be the lowest 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 at www.seagate.com.

Seagate, Seagate Technology and the Wave logo are registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC in the United States and/or other countries. BlackArmor, Central Axis, PipelineHD, FreeAgent and D.A.V.E. are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC or one of its affiliated companies in the United States and/or other countries. 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. Quantitative usage examples for various applications are for illustrative purposes. 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.