Seagate Unveils One Terabyte Hard Drives as Explosive Growth of Digital Content Continues



    SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif., June 25 /CNW/ -- Seagate (NYSE:   STX) today
announced 1 terabyte (TB) hard drives that deliver an industry-leading
combination of capacity, performance and reliability for a wide range of
enterprise and desktop PC applications as rampant growth of digital content
continues worldwide.
    This explosive growth of digital content in the home and the office is
driving demand for massive amounts of hard drive storage. Businesses and
consumers are generating and consuming staggering volumes of digital content
-- from high-definition video, music, blogs and podcasts, to Computer Assisted
Design (CAD) and other large graphics files, critical business records,
archived emails, and database and file server data. Seagate is focused on
delivering the industry's most advanced hard drives to satisfy the world's
growing need for digital content, from the home to the hand to the car and the
office.
    "The need for high-capacity storage in enterprise networks and home
entertainment centers is almost insatiable," said John Monroe, a research vice
president at Gartner. "Historians may consider the shipment of 1TB drives as a
watershed event for the industry but users will consider such devices
commonplace. We believe 1TB (and larger) drives will become 'standard
equipment' in, on or near virtually every television set in the world as well
as in a variety of multi-user environments."
    As the industry's only second-generation desktop and enterprise
perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) hard drives, the Barracuda 7200.11 and
Barracuda ES.2 deliver 1TB of capacity, 7,200-rpm spin speeds, average seek
times of 8.5ms, caches up to 32MB and Seagate's industry-leading five-year
limited warranty. Seagate's newest hard drives pack 1TB of data on just four
discs to provide cool operating temperatures and low power consumption, which
help extend drive life.
    The Flagship of High-Capacity Enterprise Storage - Barracuda ES.2 The
Barracuda ES.2 is a newly designed product optimized for demanding
business-critical and nearline enterprise storage environments including:
networked and tiered storage solutions, reference/compliance storage,
disc-to-disc backup and restore, archiving solutions, rich media content
storage and collaboration.
    The Barracuda ES.2 hard drive's robust new features stand out in
performance, reliability, capacity, and energy efficiency. Among them is its
new RVFF (Rotational Vibration Feed Forward) system, designed to sustain
performance in densely-packed multi-drive systems. The Barracuda ES.2 also
boosts reliability with an industry-best unrecoverable error rate that is 10
times better than desktop class drives and a 1.2 million hour Mean Time
Between Failure at full 24 x 7 data availability.
    With the introduction of the Barracuda ES.2, Seagate is first to provide
customers with a SAS interface option in addition to SATA. SAS offers greater
levels of reliability, data integrity and performance for business-critical
and nearline enterprise environments. The choice of SATA or SAS also enables
greater system-design and integration flexibility for solution builders and
OEMs.
    "EqualLogic's customers have an insatiable demand for increasing
capacities and high performance in their networked storage solutions," said
John Joseph, vice president of Marketing at EqualLogic. "Seagate's strategy of
offering a SAS or SATA version of a 1TB disk drive demonstrates leadership in
recognizing that customers want high performance and high capacity disks for
enterprise storage. Serving both needs with a single interface like SAS
simplifies technology design decisions and customer choices."
    Seagate's new PowerTrim(TM) technology is integrated into the Barracuda
ES.2 and dynamically manages drive power consumption at all levels of
activity. With PowerTrim(TM), the Barracuda ES.2 addresses the IT dilemma
facing energy-constrained data centers by delivering a 20% reduction in
overall drive power consumption and a best-in-class 55% reduction in
watts-per-gigabyte.

    
    Desktop Storage -- Barracuda 7200.11
    
    Award-winning Barracuda hard drives are the industry standard for
computing applications ranging from mainstream, high-performance and gaming
PCs to workstations and desktop RAID. Now with over 42 million PMR Seagate
drives already shipped, the proven technology and components of the 11th
generation Barracuda 7200-Series hard drive enables Seagate to deliver
high-volume shipments of the 1TB drive with the highest levels of quality and
reliability -- essential in ensuring long drive life.
    "Seagate is a valued and trusted supplier to Nor-Tech, and has always
maintained the highest levels of field-proven reliability with consistent
product delivery," said David Bollig, president of Nor-Tech. "We look forward
to enhancing our portfolio of offerings using Seagate's new Barracuda drives
that will offer even more choice and value for Nor-Tech's customers."
    The Barracuda 7200.11 stands alone in performance among high-capacity
desktop hard drives, with category-leading 105MB/s sustained transfer rate --
the highest ever. And with a low power rating of 8 watts at idle, the
Barracuda 7200.11 is not only energy-efficient, but also operates cooler,
increasing reliability. Barracuda 7200.11 also delivers industry-leading
acoustics, as low as 2.7 Bels, which is nearly undetectable by the human ear.
    The Barracuda ES.2 and 7200.11 will begin shipping in volume during the
third quarter. The 1TB Barracuda 7200.11 will be offered at an MSRP of
$399.99.

    1TB Hard Drives for Consumer and Video Applications Expand High Capacity
Footprint Even Further
    Seagate remains the only hard drive manufacturer dedicated to the digital
entertainment, security and surveillance markets with hard drives built to
specifically address these unique applications. Seagate will extend its
offerings in this area from the new 1TB platform and will provide details as
these new products become available.

    
    Videocast: Seagate Reaches Terabyte Milestone
    
    To view the videocast interview featuring Marc Jourlait, Seagate vice
president Global Marketing, visit
http://www.podtech.net/home/3380/seagate-reaches-terabyte-milestone

    
    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 http://www.seagate.com.

    Seagate and Seagate Technology are registered trademarks of Seagate
Technology LLC. The Wave logo and Barracuda are trademarks or registered
trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC or one of its affiliates. All other
trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective
owners. One gigabyte, or GB, equals one billion bytes when referring to hard
drive capacity. One terabyte, or TB, equals 1,000 gigabytes when referring to
hard drive capacity. Accessible capacity may vary depending on operating
environment and formatting.





For further information:

For further information: David Szabados, +1-831-439-2859, 
david.szabados@seagate.com, or Michael Hall, +1-831-439-2731, 
michael.hall@seagate.com, both of Seagate Web Site: http://www.seagate.com

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