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TeraStor Unveils 10 and 20 Gigabyte Storage Products.

SAN JOSE San Jose, city, United States
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, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 8, 1998--

New Near Field Recording Products Offer Highest-Capacity, Most Affordable Removable Storage Solutions for Desktop Through Enterprise Applications

Demonstrating the significant strides TeraStor has made in commercializing its first generation of Near Field Recording(TM) technology, the Company today unveiled the first two members of its family of removable storage products.

The drives announced today provide capacities of 10 and 20 Gigabytes (GB), in the industry-standard 5.25" half-high form factor. These initial products are single-sided removable cartridges removable cartridge
A hard disk that has a self-contained casing, can be removed from the drive, and has greater storage capacity than floppy disks.
 with follow-on products to incorporate two-sided cartridges, doubling the available on-line capacity to 40GB. They are the first in a new class of compatible, rewritable mass storage products that deliver five to ten times the capacity of current high volume storage products, at a lower cost-per-gigabyte than existing removable random access storage products.

Bringing NFR (Near Field Recording) See near field optics and Terastor.  Technology to Market

These drives utilize Near Field Recording or NFR(TM), a new category of multi-purpose mass storage technology, that allows for a dramatic and sustainable increase in the areal density The number of bits per square inch of storage surface. It typically refers to disk drives, where the number of bits per inch (bpi) times the number of tracks per inch (tpi) yields the areal density.  -- the bits per square inch of surface -- of a storage medium.

Products incorporating NFR technology provide the high capacity and performance required to meet the needs of high-end data centers, workstations and networked environments, yet will be cost-effective enough for use on the desktop. These products will also satisfy the rapidly expanding storage needs caused by digital convergence In the days of the first computers, transaction and company data were the first types of information digitized. Then came text, opening the world to word processing, followed by audio CDs and finally video.  and the growth of digital content needed to support expanding Internet and digital entertainment applications.

NFR-based, removable products from TeraStor incorporate a contamination resistant cartridge design along with advanced, state-of-the-art error correction capability establishing a new benchmark for unsurpassed data reliability in both professional and consumer applications.

The first two members of the TeraStor product family will be a 10 and a 20GB drive. These initial products are positioned to meet the market demand for affordable, high-capacity, removable storage. The 10GB product allows for immediate penetration into the medical imaging, desktop publishing desktop publishing, system for producing printed materials that consists of a personal computer or computer workstation, a high-resolution printer (usually a laser printer), and a computer program that allows the user to select from a variety of type fonts and sizes, , CAD/CAM CAD/CAM
 in full computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing.

Integration of design and manufacturing into a system under direct control of digital computers.
, multimedia and graphic design markets while the 20GB version serves those markets as well as traditional enterprise online backup Using the Web to store copies of data for backup. There are numerous providers on the Internet that charge for storage, and fees are typically based on capacity. Online backup services provide offsite backup, which is essential for disaster recovery. See backup types.  and archive applications.

TeraStor will also develop high duty cycle versions of its product family, specifically designed for automated solutions in robotic environments. -0-

Preliminary Specifications for the TeraStor Product Family

Formatted Capacity      10GB                    20GB
Form Factor             5.25" Half-High Height  5.25" Half-High Height
Average Seek Times      less than 18 ms         less than 18 ms
Maximum Transfer Rate
 Internal (Sustained) - greater than            greater than
                         6MB/Second              11MB/Second
 External (Burst) -     40MB/Second             40MB/Second
Interface               Wide Ultra SCSI         Wide Ultra SCSI

     NFR technology, in addition to providing the industry's
highest-capacity random access removable storage products, also
provides lower cost of storage compared to other removable storage
products such as tape and magneto-optical (MO). Even more important is
the capacity advantage that NFR technology offers which is sustainable
well into the next decade.
     "TeraStor will meet the needs of users of high-capacity
applications by bringing to market products with tape-like capacities
and disk drive performance. We are setting the standard for the next
generation of mass storage products today," said Jim McCoy, chairman
and CEO of TeraStor.
     "We anticipate that the high-performance and low price points of
the NFR storage solutions offered by TeraStor will immediately make
these products an attractive alternative to removable HDD, tape and
magneto-optical in a multitude of applications. As digital convergence
continues to gain momentum, the need for ever-higher capacity random
access removable media storage devices will grow in importance.
NFR-based products from TeraStor will provide solutions to those needs
far better than any other technology."

Partnering for Success

     As part of its plan to develop, license and commercialize NFR
technology, TeraStor has established strategic alliances with world
class companies. These agreements include:

     --   Hitachi America, Ltd.
          TeraStor will integrate Hitachi America's SH-7021 reduced
          instruction-set computer-type (RISC) microprocessor for
          use in its NFR disk drives.

     --   Imation Corporation
          The agreement includes media co-development with Imation
          licensed as a cartridge supplier to manufacture and sell
          Imation-branded NFR cartridges.

     --   Maxell
          Maxell will develop and manufacture the first surface
          magneto-optical (MO) media for TeraStor NFR disk drives.

     --   Mitsumi Electronics, Inc
          Mitsumi, as a TeraStor manufacturing partner, will
          manufacture NFR drives for TeraStor.

     --   Olympus Optical Co., Ltd.
          Olympus Optical Co., Ltd. will co-design and maufacture
          optics modules to be used in NFR disk drives manufactured
          by TeraStor.

     --   Quantum Corporation
          Quantum has licensed certain key technologies to TeraStor,
          is a partner in the development of NFR technology, and
          is a licensee for NFR products.

     --   Silicon Systems
          TeraStor will integrate multiple chips from Silicon Systems
          into its NFR disk drives. The SSI integrated circuits will
          enable TeraStor to provide high-capacity drives with
          high-performance capabilities.

     --   TOSOH Corporation
          TOSOH Corporation will develop and manufacture first surface
          magneto-optical (MO) media for NFR disk drives manufactured
          by TeraStor.

     --   Yamaha
          Yamaha and TeraStor announced the co-development of a flying
          optical head that incorporates the patented solid immersion
          lens (SIL).


Managed Storage Initiative

The managed storage initiative, announced by TeraStor in September 1997, was created to encourage leading manufacturers to incorporate its NFR drives and removable cartridges into a broad range of automated, library applications.

These selected companies include ATL (Active Template Library) A set of software routines from Microsoft that provide the basic framework for creating ActiveX and COM objects. Stemming from the standard template library (STL) that comes with C++ compilers, ATL includes an object wizard that sets up  Products of Irvine, California Irvine is an incorporated city in Orange County, California, United States. It is a planned city, mainly developed by the Irvine Company since the 1960s. Formally incorporated on December 28 1971, the 69.7 square mile (180.5 km²) city has a population of 202,079 (as of 2007). ; DISC of Milpitas, California Milpitas (IPA pronunciation: mɪlpitʌs; inhabitants are called 'Milpitans') is a city in Santa Clara County, California. It is located with San Jose to its south and Fremont to its north, at the eastern end of Highway 237 and generally between Interstate freeways 680 and ; Exabyte of Boulder, Colorado The City of Boulder (, Mountain Time Zone) is a home rule municipality located in Boulder County, Colorado, United States. Boulder is the 11th most populous city in the State of Colorado, as well as the most populous city and the county ; Overland o·ver·land  
Accomplished, traversing, or passing over the land instead of the ocean: an overland journey; an overland route.

 Data, Inc. of San Diego, California “San Diego” redirects here. For other uses, see San Diego (disambiguation).
San Diego is a coastal Southern California city located in the southwestern corner of the continental United States. As of 2006, the city has a population of 1,256,951.
; Plasmon IDE (1) (Integrated Development Environment) A set of programs run from a single user interface. For example, programming languages often include a text editor, compiler and debugger, which are all activated and function from a common menu.  of Minneapolis, Minnesota “Minneapolis” redirects here. For other uses, see Minneapolis (disambiguation).
Minneapolis (pronounced IPA: /ˌmɪniˈæpəlɪs/) is the largest city in the U.S.
; and Spectra Logic of Boulder, Colorado. Together with TeraStor, these companies are working to adapt the TeraStor NFR drives and removable cartridges to meet the needs of the library systems of each manufacturer.

Pricing and Availability

The 10GB drive, with first shipment scheduled in the fourth quarter of 1998, is expected to have a manufacturers suggested retail price (MSRP MSRP Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price
MSRP Message Session Relay Protocol
MSRP Multi-Species Recovery Plan (US Fish & Wildlife Service)
MSRP Member of the Society for Radiological Protection (UK) 
) of between $699 and $799. The 20GB drive, with targeted availability in the second quarter of 1999, is expected to have an MSRP of between $999 and $1,199. Media cartridge availability for the 10GB and 20GB drives will coincide with the shipment dates of each drive.

Exact pricing for all products will depend on volume, product configuration, sales channel and the competitive environment at the time of product shipment. Products will be distributed through direct OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) The rebranding of equipment and selling it. The term initially referred to the company that made the products (the "original" manufacturer), but eventually became widely used to refer to the organization that buys the products and  channels, computer product distributors and ultimately through computer reseller channels.

About TeraStor

Founded in December 1995, TeraStor Corporation designs, manufactures and markets ultra-high capacity, high performance random access storage products based on its proprietary Near Field Recording (NFR) storage technology. This new class of products features an order of magnitude A change in quantity or volume as measured by the decimal point. For example, from tens to hundreds is one order of magnitude. Tens to thousands is two orders of magnitude; tens to millions is three orders of magnitude, etc.  advantage in disk capacity over other removable disk A disk or disk cartridge that is inserted into the drive for reading and writing and removed when not required. Using optical technologies, CDs and DVDs are the most common examples.  storage technologies and sets a new mass storage benchmark for affordable high-capacity storage.

For additional information, contact TeraStor at 408/914-4000 or at

Note to Editors: TeraStor, Near Field Recording, NFR and NFR Drives are trademarks of TeraStor Corporation.

    CONTACT: TeraStor Corporation
              Nancy Ellickson, 408/914-4000
              Walt & Company
              Maureen O'Connell, 408/496-0900

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