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Ingram Micro Named as Distributor of Hitachi Hard Disk Drives.

BRISBANE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 12, 1999--

Hitachi America, Ltd., a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE NYSE

See: New York Stock Exchange
: HIT), today announced that the company's 2.5 and 3.5-inch hard disk drive product lines will be distributed by Ingram Micro Ingram Micro, Inc. NYSE: IM a Fortune 100 company founded in 1979 and based in Santa Ana, California. It is the world’s largest technology distributor and a leading technology sales, marketing and logistics company.  Inc. (NYSE: IM), the world's largest wholesale provider of technology products and services.

Ingram Micro, headquartered in Santa Ana Santa Ana, city, El Salvador
Santa Ana (sän'tä ä`nä), city (1993 pop. 129,873), W El Salvador. It is the second largest city in the country and the commercial and processing center for a sugarcane, coffee, and cattle region.
, Calif., will add Hitachi's broad line of high-capacity drives for portable computers and high-performance 3.5-in. drives for disk arrays and workstations to its line card in United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area.  and Canada. The agreement with Ingram Micro, marks a significant expansion of channel availability for Hitachi drives.

"Quality and performance have made Hitachi one of the world's leading suppliers of disk drives for notebook computers, and our current line of 3.5-in. products received strong ratings in competitive evaluations by the trade press," said Gary Galusha, vice president, hard disk drives, in the Computer Division of Hitachi America, Ltd. "Adding Ingram Micro to the Hitachi

hard drive team will help us to maintain the strong, consistent growth in sales volume that we have achieved in the last few years."

"Reliable, high-capacity storage products play a vital role in today's most advanced information technology products," said Thad Bennett, director of mass storage, at Ingram Micro. "Hitachi's years of experience producing data storage systems for critical applications leads to great products for integration by OEMs and resellers, and we are very pleased to add the company's line to our card."

Hitachi's 2.5-inch hard drives feature storage capacities of 4.3 to 18 Gigabytes (GB), in the slim and lightweight form factors required for today's advanced notebook computers. Hitachi recently announced a family of 2.5-in. drives that use advanced GMR (Giant Magnetoresistance) See magnetoresistance.  head and digital read/write channel Same as I/O channel.  technology to achieve data density of 10.79 Gb/in2, providing storage capacity of 18.1 GB in a drive not much larger than an audio cassette A 1/8" inch, analog audio tape format that has been widely used for music distribution and home recording. Although the same size housing is used, the tape thickness and length determine the recording time. Cassettes holding from 15 minutes to 60 minutes per side have been manufactured.  tape.

Hitachi's 3.5-inch drive offerings include models with 9.1, 18.2, and 36GB capacities, featuring either Ultra SCSI (LVD See LVDS.

LVD - Low Voltage Differential
) or FC-AL (Fibre Channel-Arbitrated Loop) See Fibre Channel.

FC-AL - Fibre Channel-Arbitrated Loop.
 (Fibre Channel-Arbitrated Loop (hardware, standard) Fibre Channel-Arbitrated Loop - (FC-AL) A fast serial bus interface standard intended to replace SCSI on high-end servers.

FC-AL has a number of advantages over SCSI.
) interfaces for extremely fast data transfer. Designed for RAID systems, servers and high throughput operating environments such as multimedia production and professional digital video editing, Hitachi 3.5-inch drives deliver the capacity and performance needed by the most demanding applications.

About the Companies

Ingram Micro Inc. is the world's largest wholesale distributor of technology products and services and a leading provider of assembly and integration services, with sales of $25.5 billion in the past four reported quarters. The company and its subsidiaries operate in 34 countries and distribute more than 225,000 products to more than 140,000 resellers in 130 countries. Ingram Micro can be found at

Hitachi America, Ltd., Computer Division, supplies high-performance computer storage products and multimedia products to OEMs, value-added resellers, system integrators and distributors. The division's products include high-capacity hard disk drives and optical drives, digital multimedia recorders, hand-held computers, LCD projectors, color laser beam printers and flat panel displays.

Hitachi America, Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary Wholly Owned Subsidiary

A subsidiary whose parent company owns 100% of its common stock.

In other words, the parent company owns the company outright and there are no minority owners.
 of Hitachi, Ltd., Japan, markets and manufactures a broad range of electronics, computer systems, consumer electronics and semiconductor products, and provides industrial equipment and services throughout the U.S. Additional information is available at Hitachi America's web site at

Hitachi, Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is one of the world's leading global electronics companies, with fiscal 1998 (ended March 31, 1999) consolidated sales of 7,977 billion yen ($65.9 billion)(a). The company manufactures and markets a wide range of products, including computers, semiconductors, consumer products and power and industrial equipment. For more information on Hitachi, Ltd., please visit Hitachi's Web site at

(a) At an exchange rate of 121 yen to the dollar.
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