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DASTEK BEGINS INITIAL SHIPMENTS OF ADVANCED MAGNETORESISTIVE HEADS TO HEWLETT-PACKARD

 MILPITAS, Calif., June 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Komag Inc. (NASDAQ: KMAG) and Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HWP) today announced that Dastek Inc., Komag's thin-film head subsidiary, has begun evaluation-unit shipments of magnetoresistive (MR) thin-film read/write heads to HP.
 "We have been pleased with the technical evaluation of Dastek's first MR heads," said Bruce F. Spenner, general manager of HP's Disk Memory Division. These second generation nanoslider MR heads were based on engineering designs and processes developed by HP. The two companies announced a joint MR head development agreement last year.
 "We believe that the successful development of MR head technology and the introduction of disk drives incorporating MR heads will play a key role in future generations of smaller and more advanced computer storage devices. The introduction of such devices is becoming essential as computers continue to become more powerful, mobile and their software applications continue to grow in complexity," said Spenner.
 James B. Downey, Dastek's president and chief executive officer said, "Our work with HP on advanced MR head designs is an important part of Dastek's plans to become a leading-edge component supplier. The MR head designs and processes developed by HP over the past eight years provide a solid base from which further advances can be made. HP's initial designs offer unique opportunities for product differentiation, a strategic objective for Dastek. The HP design uses a shielded dual- striped head which, we believe, will provide our customers several important advantages over competing approaches, including higher signal output, better signal-to-noise ratio, insensitivity to thermal asperities, and improved off-track linearity," Downey said.
 Using inductive thin-film heads, today's leading-edge disk drives store upwards of 180 megabits (Mb) per square inch -- an equivalent of 9,000 typewritten pages on one square inch of the disk surface. In the future, using MR heads, hard disks should be able to achieve well over 400 Mb per square inch.
 Unlike conventional magnetic recording heads which use a single element to perform both the read and write functions, magnetoresistive heads use an inductive thin-film element to write data onto the storage media, and a separate MR element to provide a read signal from the media. This use of two specialized elements results in improved disk drive capability because MR heads produce a stronger read signal which allows data to be recorded and read from narrower track widths on a disk. This ability to read and write data on narrower tracks enables more tracks to be placed on a disk, thus increasing the areal density or storage capacity of a disk drive.
 Dastek expects MR heads, now shipping in sample units, to reach volume production in mid-1994. Industry analysts project that the market for these next-generation products will grow considerably in the mid-1990s.
 Hewlett-Packard Co. is an international manufacturer of measurement and computation products and systems recognized for excellence in quality and support. The company's products and services are used in industry, business, engineering, science, medicine and education in approximately 110 countries. HP has 93,800 employees and had revenues of $16.4 billion in its 1992 fiscal year.
 Komag is the only independent volume supplier of both thin-film disks and, through its Dastek subsidiary, thin-film heads, the two performance-determinant components used in today's advanced Winchester disk drives. Winchester disk drives are the primary storage devices used by computers. Komag's thin-film products address the fast-growing high-capacity, high-performance segments of the Winchester disk drive market.
 For the first quarter ended April 4, 1993, Komag's net sales totaled $93.6 million. Net sales for the 1992 fiscal year totaled a record $326.8 million. Net income for the 1992 fiscal year totaled $16.9 million, or 79 cents per share.
 Founded in 1983, Komag and its consolidated subsidiaries maintain 870,000 square feet of manufacturing and administrative space in California and Malaysia, and employ approximately 3,400 people. Komag also manufactures and sells thin-film disk products through an unconsolidated subsidiary, Asahi Komag Co. Ltd., which is among the top three media producers in Japan.
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 /CONTACT: David H. Allen, T. Hunt Payne or William L. Potts Jr. of Komag, 408-946-2300; or Sharon DeLaHunt of Hewlett-Packard, 208-396-6001/
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