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Seagate Unveils 10 New Hard Drives

Seagate Technology announced a vast number of new hard drives and solutions for entertainment, consumer electronics, and computing. The company unveiled 10 new products, including 1.8-inch, 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch hard drives with up to 750GB of capacity for Consumer Electronics, notebook and desktop PC and enterprise applications. The company also introduced a notebook drive that combines rotating disc and flash memory, and added Macintosh support to its next generation Mirra personal server.

The new consumer electronics products include Seagate ST18, LD25, DB35 Series drives.

The Seagate ST18 Series drives leverage perpendicular recording technology to deliver 60GB per platter - all in a compact 1.8-inch disc drive. Designed for portable media players and GPS systems; digital video cameras and palmtop PCs, the drives feature G-Force Protection, a technology that increases robustness to 1500 Gs - comparable to solid-state memory. Sophisticated power management ensures longer battery life for handheld devices.

The next generation LD25 Series drives are built specifically for game consoles, home entertainment devices and small footprint media PCs. Built with Seagate's DynaPlay technology, the drives provide media streaming, power consumption and content security, enhancing traditional gaming capabilities by allowing them to expand and create game soundtracks, rip and store entire libraries of music and video, and play multimedia. Currently available in 20GB, 30GB and 40GB capacities, the new LD25 Series drives will add 60GB and 80GB capacities.

The DB35 Series hard drive, now available in up to 750GB, is designed to help manufacturers optimize HDD performance for high video capacities and other demanding DVR environments. DynaPlay Technology fine-tunes the drive's operating parameters for entertainment applications, including performance for uninterrupted digital media, security to enhance fair use of digital programming, and power to give manufacturers more leeway in selecting cost-efficient power supplies and keep internal temperatures under control. The DB35 Series drives are also based on perpendicular recording technology.

Seagate's new branded solutions include the Seagate Mirra Sync and Share Personal Server and 8.0GB Pocket Drive.

The Seagate Mirra Sync and Share Personal Server, the next generation of last year's Seagate Mirra Personal Server 2.0, is now available with Mac connectivity in 320GB and 500GB capacities. The server allows remote access to digital content from Internet and can be used to sync, share and protect data between PC and Mac computers in SOHO, small businesses and networked home environments. The Seagate Mirra Sync and Share Personal Server combines a suite of content protection features as well as free online user accounts allowing secure remote access and file sharing with family, friends and colleagues.

Seagate is also announcing that two of its previously announced branded solution products, the 500GB and 300GB eSATA Pushbutton Back-up Hard Drives and the 750GB Pushbutton Back-up Hard Drive are now on retail shelves.

Speaking of new PC drives, there are three Momentus family 2.5-inch notebook drives that are now available with perpendicular recording technology to deliver capacities of 160GB. The drives include the Momentus 5400 PSD, a 2.5-inch notebook hybrid hard drive that combines rotating disc storage with flash memory for greater power efficiency, faster boot-ups and increased reliability; the Momentus 5400.2 FDE, the 2.5-inch encrypting drive that delivers the highest levels of protection for data on lost, stolen or retired notebook PCs; and the Momentus 7200.2, a 7200-RPM drive for high-performance laptops.

Seagate's enterprise offerings include new Barracuda ES and Savvio 10K.2 drives optimized for a variety of storage requirements for the enterprise.

The new Barracuda ES packs the high capacity of 750GB, high reliability, and Enterprise multi-drive features demanded by capacity-intensive 24/7 applications.

Seagate's second-generation 2.5-inch Savvio 10K.2 delivers high I/O transaction performance with 1.6 million hour MTBF reliability and up to 146GB capacity. Its ultra-low power consumption has dropped an average of 15% over its prior generation.

The Seagate 320GB and 500GB Mirra Sync and Share Personal Servers will start shipping in June 2006 and will retail for $499 and $599, respectively. The Seagate 8.0GB Pocket Drive will begin shipping in July 2006 and will retail for $149. The Seagate 750GB Pushbutton Backup Hard Drive is currently shipping and retails for $559. The Seagate 300GB and 500GB eSATA Pushbutton Back-up Hard Drives are currently shipping and retail for $269 and $399 respectively.

Source: Seagate Technology

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