Announces 7200 RPM DiamondMax Plus 40
7200 RPM Spin Speed and High 40.9 GB Capacity Makes the New
DiamondMax Plus 40 Ideally Suited for Server and Entry-Level
Calif., Nov. 8-- Maxtor Corporation introduced its high performance
DiamondMax Plus 40 hard drives. With a 7200 RPM spin speed and
other performance features, these new IDE drives provide the
superior performance required for multimedia, Internet, video,
and audio applications on high-end desktop systems; as well
as for traditionally SCSI applications such as servers and entry-level
RAID systems. These drives, available in capacities up to 40.9
GB, will begin volume production in January 2000.
"The DiamondMax Plus 40 drives continue Maxtor's leadership
in the important 7200 RPM IDE product category," said Mike
Cannon, Maxtor's president and CEO. "These new drives
offer the quality, reliability and sustained throughput needed
in high-end graphic and video applications such as online video
editing. As we continue to set new standards for performance
with 7200 RPM IDE drives, we enable our customers to use IDE
products in traditionally SCSI applications."
"The performance of Maxtor's 7200 RPM IDE drives has meant
significant value for our customers that demand superior drive
performance," said Mark Vena, Director, Consumer
Desktop Product Marketing at Compaq Computer Corporation. "Maxtor's
7200 RPM drives allow us to provide our customers performance,
quality and industry leading capacity points."
The new DiamondMax Plus 40 drives feature a sub-9.0 ms average
seek time, a 2 MB cache buffer incorporating a high-speed 100
MHz SDRAM memory for high sustained transfer rate, Maxtor's
proprietary DualWave processor, and UltraDMA 66 for up to 66
MB per second transfer rates.
"The demand for 7200 RPM IDE drives is increasing dramatically
as purchasers of high-end desktop systems look for faster storage
solutions and as they are recognized as viable alternatives
to SCSI products in many high-end applications," said John
Donovan, vice president of TrendFocus. "The performance
generated by 7200 RPM IDE drives are ideal for entry-level RAID
subsystems and audio/video applications."
TrendFocus estimates that the worldwide shipment of 7200 RPM
drives will increase from approximately 14% in Q3 of this year
to approximately 41% by the end of the next year.
"By incorporating Maxtor's DiamondMax Plus 7200 RPM drives
in our RAIDZONE(TM) disk arrays, we are able to achieve a RAID
level 5 configuration, providing full redundancy capability
to our customers with IDE drives," said Bob Ripley,
Consensys' vice president of marketing. "Our RAIDZONE customers
receive all the benefits of SCSI, such as fast sustained throughput
rates, at an IDE price."
The DiamondMax Plus 40 drives include Maxtor's ShockBlock and
MaxSafe feature sets, providing one of the most comprehensive
reliability packages in the industry. Designed to protect the
drive from damage caused by improper handling, the ShockBlock
design has demonstrated the ability to withstand up to 1,000G
short-duration shock loads without drive failure.
"Online digital video creation is extremely storage intensive:
1 GB of storage holds approximately 1 minute of uncompressed
video," said Brad Giotes, director of marketing for
New Tek. "Maxtor's high performance IDE drives provide the
required capacity, extreme reliability, and high levels of sustained
throughput for this video application. 7200 RPM IDE drives from
Maxtor in conjunction with our Video Toaster NT product can
achieve full uncompressed video quality."
Availability and Pricing
production of the DiamondMax Plus 40 will begin in January.
Qualifications will begin next month at leading PC manufacturers
worldwide. Estimated retail pricing for the 40.9 GB DiamondMax
Plus is $349.
Maxtor Corporation is a leading supplier of information storage
solutions. Maxtor has been the fastest growing supplier of hard
disk drives over the past two years, more than doubling its
share of the desktop market during that time. The company's
current hard disk drive products include the award-winning DiamondMax
and DiamondMax Plus line of products for mainstream and high-performance
personal computers, the DiamondMax VL line for sub-$700 PCs
and consumer electronics opportunities. For network file sharing
applications, Maxtor offers the new MaxAttach line of network
attached storage appliances. Maxtor's market leadership position
has been built by consistently providing leadership products,
and by delivering high levels of quality and support for its
customers. More information about Maxtor and its products can
be found at http://www.maxtor.com
or by calling toll-free (800) 2-MAXTOR. Maxtor is traded on
Nasdaq under the MXTR symbol.
This release may contain forward-looking statements concerning
future technology, products incorporating that technology, and
Maxtor's execution. These statements are based on current expectations
and are subject to risks and uncertainties which could materially
affect the company's results, including, but not limited to,
market demand for hard disk drives, the company's ability to
execute future production ramps and utilize manufacturing assets
efficiently, pricing, competition, and the significant uncertainty
of market acceptance of new products. These and other risk factors
are contained in Maxtor's most recent Prospectus as well as
in its 10-K for fiscal 1998 and its recent 10-Qs.
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