Seagate has shipped more than 1.5 million Serial ATA (SATA) hard drives – more than twice the number of its nearest competitor, according to analysts – confirming its Barracuda SATA drive family as the most popular and widely-adopted SATA disc drive in the world. Seagate SATA drives have been adopted by all the top ten global OEMs. Seagate still offers the only native SATA hard drive technology on the market, with no PATA-to-SATA translator bridge chip that can reduce performance or limit native features. Only Seagate’s native SATA architecture is capable of supporting native command queuing (NCQ) and staggered spin-up, both critical features to new entry-server and network bulk storage applications. And as the leading developer of SATA technology, Seagate is well positioned to deploy next-generation SATA II features.

Seagate has shipped more than 1.5 million Serial ATA (SATA)
hard drives – more than twice the number of its nearest competitor, according to
analysts – confirming its Barracuda SATA drive family as the most popular and
widely-adopted SATA disc drive in the world. Seagate SATA drives have been
adopted by all the top ten global OEMs. Seagate still offers the only native
SATA hard drive technology on the market, with no PATA-to-SATA translator bridge
chip that can reduce performance or limit native features. Only Seagate’s native
SATA architecture is capable of supporting native command queuing (NCQ) and
staggered spin-up, both critical features to new entry-server and network bulk
storage applications. And as the leading developer of SATA technology, Seagate
is well positioned to deploy next-generation SATA II features.

"Seagate has shipped more than twice as many SATA units as the
nearest competitor, and is today’s leader in desktop SATA technology and
customer adoption. Seagate is still the only hard drive maker shipping native
SATA technology and is well-positioned with those who are implementing SATA,"
said Dave Reinsel, IDC research manager. "Seagate’s continued investment in
research and development helps the Company to solidify and grow its market
share."

"Seagate has developed the only native SATA technology capable
of supporting implementation of advanced SATA functions like NCQ that will be
crucial to high-end workstations and new entry-server applications," said John
Donovan, Vice President of leading market research firm TrendFOCUS. "Seagate led
industry efforts to develop SATA, was first to bring it to market, and maintains
its unique technology advantage, all of which has been reflected in the
Company’s leading market share."

"Seagate has been a leader in defining and deploying Serial
ATA technology," said Knut Grimsrud, Serial ATA II Working Group chairman and
Intel senior principal engineer. "With native implementations, the new
capabilities of Serial ATA and its extensions in Serial ATA II can be fully
realized and provide consumers with the best value in mainstream PCs and low-end
server applications."