Quantum Bigfoot Disk Drive Selected by HP for Use in HP Pavilion Multimedia Personal Computers; Bigfoot Shipments at 7 Million Mark.
HP plans to take advantage of the high-capacity 6.4GB Bigfoot CY drives in its high-end HP Pavilion multimedia PCs, which began shipping in July.
"OEMs are taking advantage of the obvious benefits of the Bigfoot form factor," said Barbara Nelson, vice president of marketing for Quantum's Desktop and Portable Storage Group. "Multimedia applications are expanding in size, and Internet downloading is rapidly increasing hard drive storage requirements. The Bigfoot drive can efficiently meet the insatiable storage demands of consumers, without the high price tag traditionally associated with high-capacity drives."
HP is one of many computer OEMs using Quantum Bigfoot to meet the storage needs of its customers. The drives are also enjoying strong sales in the worldwide distribution channel. As of August 31, Quantum had shipped 7 million Bigfoot drives, and the product continues to gain significant industry support from major PC makers and worldwide distributors.
First introduced in February 1996, the latest version of the 5.25-inch Quantum Bigfoot disk drive, the Bigfoot CY, features improved performance and value, characteristics that make it an excellent fit for full-featured multimedia PCs. The Quantum Bigfoot CY products feature capacities of 2.1, 4.3 and 6.4 gigabytes (GB), and are designed for the consumer and small business PC markets.
The Bigfoot 5.25-inch form factor provides 90 percent more recording area per disk, compared with the traditional 3.5-inch form factor, enabling Bigfoot to deliver higher capacity points and a low cost per megabyte. The Quantum Bigfoot CY drives recently won four awards from Windows Magazine, Windows Sources and HomePC for outstanding storage value. Windows Sources gave the drive its annual "Experts' Choice" award for innovation and productivity enhancement.
Founded in 1980, Quantum Corporation is the only storage company that has developed leadership positions in both fixed and removable storage products. One of the highest volume global suppliers of hard disk drives and the leader in the mid-range tape market, Quantum is widely recognized as the industry's quality leader. The company sells a broad range of storage products to OEM and distribution customers worldwide. Quantum's sales for the fiscal year ending March 1997 were $5.3 billion. The company's World Wide Web home address is http://www.quantum.com . -0-
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