gigabyte Barracuda 180 provides massive storage for Internet and Enterpriseapplications
SCOTTS VALLEY, CA Seagate Technology (NYSE:SEG) today
announced the Barracuda 180 – the world’s first disc drive to store a massive 180
Gigabytes – the largest single-drive capacity in the world. This 180-Gigabyte drive can
store the equivalent of a stack of text documents that is virtually three times the height
of the Empire State Building. The Barracuda 180 satisfies the requirements of large
critical storage applications such as data warehousing,
e-commerce, data mining, and audio/video. The Barracuda 180 also delivers a record low
cost-per-gigabyte with the largest capacity ever offered on a single drive. The Barracuda
180 will ship to the distribution channel in volume during the first quarter of 2001.
"As large scale enterprise and e-businesses continue to grow exponentially, our
customers are demanding fast, reliable disc drives in increasingly higher capacities, and
this is a challenge we are uniquely capable of addressing," said Brian Dexheimer,
executive vice president, WW Sales, Marketing and Customer Service at Seagate Technology.
"For years, Seagate’s high-capacity enterprise disc drives have served as the
backbone of the Internet. Now, with the introduction of the Barracuda 180, Seagate can
continue to serve in this role at a much lower cost per gigabyte – all with Seagate’s
famous reputation for quality and reliability."
Barracuda 180 – Best-in-Class Specs Already in its seventh generation, Seagate’s
Barracuda family is synonymous with unmatched quality and reliability, important factors
when storing business-critical information. The Barracuda 180 continues this tradition
with its low idle power consumption of less than 10.3 watts, and its low acoustic rating
of 3.7 decibels - making it the quietest half-height disc drive ever. Additionally,
Seagate is introducing its Rotational Vibration Protection System that monitors drive
movement in relationship to the cabinet or the drive mounting system and provides feedback
to the drive’s servo system, reducing positioning errors resulting from rotational
vibration within the cabinet or mounting system. The Barracuda 180, like all of Seagate’s
high-end enterprise class drives, includes a full 5-year warranty with a Mean Time Between
Failure (MTBF) rating of 1,200,000 hours.
The Barracuda 180’s design is leveraged from members of Seagate’s award-winning
Cheetah family, including the Cheetah X15, the world’s fastest disc drive. As a result,
the Barracuda 180 is well suited for working with A/V applications. The Barracuda 180
spins at 7,200 RPM, has a formatted data transfer rate of up to 47 Mbytes/sec, and will be
available in the industry-standard Ultra160 SCSI interface. For A/V-specific work, a 16
Mbyte V-code cache option will be offered. Single
evaluation unit Suggested Retail Pricing (SRP) for the Barracuda 180 is $2195. Actual
street pricing will vary, and will be determined by Seagate authorized resellers.
The Seagate Advantage – 3D Defense System
Drive Defense includes Seagate’s G-Force Protection system and SeaShell. G-Force
protection is a system approach to designing major drive components – motor, heads,
head-arm, clamp, and discs - to be less susceptible to shock events. Additionally, all
Seagate drives are shipped in the new SeaShell. SeaShell is a shock-ribbed, transparent
enclosure that limits a drive’s exposure to electrostatic discharge (ESD) and also
protects against external shocks and stress. Tested by major OEMs, SeaShell reduces the
force of a 12-inch drop by a factor of 10 over standard ESD packaging.
Data Defense features ensure maximum data integrity, making it possible to avoid data loss
while running system applications. Data Defense includes Seagate’s exclusive Advanced
Multidrive System (SAMS), Error Correction Code (ECC), Safe Sparing and End-to-End Data
Diagnostic Defense includes SeaTools, Web-Based Tools, and Drive Self Test utilities that
analyze system events in order to assist the user to diagnose or predict potential
Seagate (NYSE:SEG) is a leading provider of the Internet Infrastructure enabling people to
store, access, and manage information. The Company is committed to providing best-in-class
products to help people get information when, where and how they want it. Seagate is the
world’s largest manufacturer of disc drives, magnetic discs and read-write heads, an
innovator in tape drives, Storage Area Network (SAN) solutions and a leading developer of
Business Intelligence software.
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