Maxtor announced today its new high-capacity, native SATA MaXLine III hard
drives. The third-generation MaXLine drives feature the industry’s first 16MB
buffer and are designed to the enterprise standard of 1 million hour mean time
to failure (MTTF). With new SATA II features including native command queuing (NCQ),
capacity up to 300GB, 7200 RPM speed and Maxtor® MaxCommand™ technology, the
drives are ideally suited to provide cost-effective storage for midline and
nearline applications, such as fixed-content storage and disk-to-disk back up.

Maxtor MaxCommand technology encompasses Maxtor’s unique firmware, integrated
SATA technology, 16MB buffer and exclusive dual processor for intelligently and
efficiently managing the drive’s workload. Maxtor’s MaXLine III drives feature a
three-platter design, offering capacities of 250GB and 300GB. SATA models are
currently available for qualification testing and will begin shipping in volume
next quarter. Availability of ATA/133 models will follow. MaXLine III drives
include a three-year limited warranty.

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Maxtor announced today its new high-capacity, native SATA MaXLine III hard
drives. The third-generation MaXLine drives feature the industry’s first 16MB
buffer and are designed to the enterprise standard of 1 million hour mean time
to failure (MTTF). With new SATA II features including native command queuing (NCQ),
capacity up to 300GB, 7200 RPM speed and Maxtor® MaxCommand™ technology, the
drives are ideally suited to provide cost-effective storage for midline and
nearline applications, such as fixed-content storage and disk-to-disk back up.

Maxtor MaxCommand technology encompasses Maxtor’s unique firmware, integrated
SATA technology, 16MB buffer and exclusive dual processor for intelligently and
efficiently managing the drive’s workload.

“Applications that require SATA hard drives in the enterprise are growing as
corporations need to deal with a myriad of regulations that require that data be
kept longer for compliance purposes,” said Brian Garrett at the Enterprise
Storage Group. “Maxtor’s MaXLine III drives combine capacity, performance and
cost efficiency to meet the requirements of these midline applications. The
drive’s SATA II feature set with native command queuing allows applications to
do more in parallel for increased performance.”

The MaXLine III drive’s new SATA II features bring new performance and
flexibility to network storage environments. These features are an extension of
the SATA 1.0 specification and include: NCQ, staggered spin up, hot-plug and,
asynchronous signal recovery. NCQ significantly enhances the drive’s
performance, enabling multi-threaded performance and allowing the drive to
reorder and efficiently execute up to 32 commands for greater data throughput
and maximum system performance.

MaXLine III drives also feature hot-plug functionality, providing customers
using RAID or other large storage arrays with better serviceability and
flexibility when a SATA drive needs to be added or upgraded while the system is
running. Reliability improvements include staggered spin up, which minimizes the
power surge when a subsystem powers up.

“Advances in SATA technology and our manufacturing processes allow us to provide
customers with additional value in our MaXLine family of premium SATA hard
drives,” said Mike Williams, vice president of product marketing at Maxtor.
“Designed specifically for enterprise applications, Maxtor MaXLine drives
continue to be the brand of choice for midline and nearline applications,
meeting the capacity and cost requirements of our customers.”

Because SATA hard drives can be implemented in a Serial Attached SCSI (SAS)
architecture, MaXLine drives will be able to be integrated with SAS drives in a
single SAS system. This Serial in a Box™ storage architecture provides
flexibility and scalability in one enclosure that can serve as a universal
building block for constructing a data center’s storage infrastructure.
High-capacity MaXLine drives can be used for applications requiring the maximum
capacity at the best cost and installed together with performance-oriented SAS
drives for high transactional performance, allowing customers to maximize their
total cost of ownership.

Maxtor’s MaXLine III drives feature a three-platter design, offering capacities
of 250GB and 300GB. SATA models are currently available for qualification
testing and will begin shipping in volume next quarter. Availability of ATA/133
models will follow. MaXLine III drives include a three-year limited warranty.