Seagate Delivers Innovative Wireless Storage Solution for Symbian Smartphones


Seagate's Digital Audio Video Experience (DAVE(TM)) technology interoperates with Symbian OS(TM) , providing high-capacity storage for consumer and business users

BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 13 / - 2007 3GSM SHOW - Seagate Technology (NYSE:STX) today announced it has joined the Symbian Platinum Program. As a Platinum Partner, Seagate will support the growing Symbian smartphone market with its new DAVE technology platform, ensuring seamless interoperability with devices running S60 3rd Edition and UIQ 3 user interfaces. The DAVE platform delivers 10-20 GB of hard drive wireless storage in an accessory smaller than many slim-line mobile phones. Designed to deliver a great user experience for consumer and enterprise applications alike, DAVE technology enables digital content to be stored, moved and connected in ways never before possible.

"With the emergence of the new smartphone lifestyle, Seagate's DAVE technology delivers a whole new level of integrated micro-hard disc storage capacity to Symbian smartphones and enables users to increase vastly their storage of digital photos, videos, music and personal data files," said Jerry Panagrossi, vice president of US operations, Symbian. "This partnership between Symbian and Seagate demonstrates our joint commitment to deliver best-in-class storage solutions to the ever-growing Symbian OS ecosystem."

Symbian, whose operating system is licensed by the world's leading mobile phone manufacturers, enables a thriving ecosystem of partners, handset vendors, operators, developers and other key mobile players that create value for the smartphone market. According to analyst firm IDC, smartphones represent the fastest growing segment within mobile, growing at 46.6% compared to mobile at 21% year-on-year growth Q305 to Q306.

"This partnership reflects our commitment to developing and delivering mobile storage solutions that benefit the entire mobile chain, from the handset manufacturer all the way to the end user,"" said Patrick King, senior vice president and general manager of Seagate's consumer electronics business unit. "By becoming a Symbian Platinum Partner, we can expand our DAVE technology platform and strengthen our relationships with Symbian smartphone manufacturers, network operators, and application developers."

DAVE Software Developer's Kit

Built on a set of open application programming interfaces (APIs), the DAVE platform gives Symbian software developers the opportunity to create new applications utilizing expansive storage capacity and performance offered by Seagate's mobile micro-hard disc technology.

About the Symbian Platinum Program

The Symbian Platinum Program includes companies that have a technology or strategic position that is key to the success of mobile computing technology surrounding Symbian OS. As part of the program, Platinum Partners benefit from a range of commercial services, including technical support and joint marketing opportunities as well as privileged access to Symbian OS source code and a dedicated Partner Support team. For more information please see http://symbian.com/partner/platinum/platinum.html

About Symbian

Symbian is a software licensing company that develops and licenses Symbian OS, the market leading open operating system for advanced, data-enabled mobile phones, also known as smartphones. Symbian licenses Symbian OS to the world's leading handset manufacturers and has built close co-operative business relationships with leading companies across the mobile industry. During Q3 2006, 13 million Symbian smartphones were sold worldwide to over 250 major network operators. To date, more than 100 million Symbian smartphones have shipped cumulatively. Symbian has its headquarters in London, United Kingdom with offices in the United States, Europe (England and Sweden (UIQ Technology AB)), Israel and Asia (India, P.R. China, Korea, and Japan).

About Seagate

Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of hard disc drives that enable the creation, storage, sharing, and protection of digital content everywhere-the home, hand, car, and office. Providing products for a wide range of applications, including Consumer Electronics, Desktop, Mobile Computing, Enterprise, and Branded Solutions. Seagate's business model leverages technology leadership and world-class manufacturing to deliver industry-leading innovation and quality to its global customers, with a goal to be the lowest cost producer in all markets in which it participates. The company is committed to providing award-winning products, customer support and reliability to meet the world's growing demand for information storage. Seagate can be found around the globe at http://www.seagate.com/.

Source: Seagate Technology

CONTACT: Colleen Rodriguez, +1-831-439-2499, colleen.rodriguez@seagate.com, or Woody Monroy, +1-831-439-2838, woody.monroy@seagate.com, both of SEAGATE®; or Valerie Breslow of Symbian,
+1-858-337-4217, valbreslow@earthlink.net

Web site: http://www.seagate.com/
http://symbian.com/partner/platinum/platinum.html
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