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Hitachi Releases Hard Drives

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Poised to secure a stronger foothold in the enterprise hard drive market segment, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi), today announced a trio of new products: the 15K RPM Ultrastar 15K300, 7200 RPM Ultrastar A7K1000, and the company’s first small form factor (SFF) enterprise hard drive, the 10K RPM Ultrastar C10K147. Hitachi’s new hard drives target a broad range of enterprise storage systems, from mission-critical and lower duty cycle storage applications to servers, delivering the quality and reliability customers have come to expect from Hitachi’s Ultrastar enterprise-class hard drives.

Expanded enterprise segment participation is a key element of Hitachi’s plan for business excellence as the segment continues to experience consistent growth and drive technology innovation that can be leveraged across other Hitachi products. Delivering a new portfolio of enterprise hard drives in 2007 helps support Hitachi’s profitability initiatives and places the company in a strong position to achieve its goal of 25 percent year-to-year volume growth in enterprise.

Accelerating the Transition to Small Form Factor

A key new product in Hitachi’s enterprise product portfolio is the Ultrastar C10K147, the company’s first small form factor enterprise hard drive. The Ultrastar C10K147 was developed specifically for the high performance, low power requirements of servers. According to IDC, the industry is expected to experience a fast ramp in shipments from 2.4 million in 2006 to 9.4 million in 2007 as cost, space and low power considerations in data centers drive the need for a transition to SFF. The delivery of the Ultrastar C10K147 is timed to capitalize on and accelerate this increasing demand.

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