TeraStor Unveils 10 and 20 Gigabyte Storage Products.
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 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 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 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 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, CAD/CAM, multimedia and graphic design markets while the 20GB version serves those markets as well as traditional enterprise online backup 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 Products of Irvine, California; DISC of Milpitas, California; Exabyte of Boulder, Colorado; Overland Data, Inc. of San Diego, California; Plasmon IDE of Minneapolis, Minnesota; 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) 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 channels, computer product distributors and ultimately through computer reseller channels.
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 advantage in disk capacity over other removable disk 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 http://www.terastor.com.
Note to Editors: TeraStor, Near Field Recording, NFR and NFR Drives are trademarks of TeraStor Corporation.
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