Maxtor, VIA Increase Serial ATA Integration Options for Worldwide PC Market

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MILPITAS, Calif., Aug. 5 – Maxtor Corporation (NYSE: MXO), a worldwide leader in hard disk drives, today

announced that the company’s DiamondMax(R) and MaXLine(TM) Serial ATA (SATA)
hard drives have been validated by VIA to work with its new VT8237 South
Bridge chip. Featuring the world’s first integrated multi-configuration Serial
ATA/RAID, VIA’s VT8237 chip gives PC OEMs, white box manufacturers and system
builders a choice to integrate one or two high-capacity, high-performance
Maxtor SATA drives in a RAID for added performance, capacity and data

„The validation of Maxtor’s SATA hard drives with our new VT8237 South
Bridge is key to driving Serial ATA technology mainstream. Our new South
Bridge will be incorporated into a broad array of VIA and other manufacturers‘
motherboards worldwide. Having Maxtor, a leading hard drive manufacturer, on
our compatibility list aids in driving SATA technology into the PC
marketplace,“ said Richard Brown, associate vice president of International
Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc.

Maxtor’s SATA drives are available in industry-leading capacity points
— 60GB to 250GB — to support a wide range of applications. The combination
of a VIA VT8237-enabled motherboard and two DiamondMax Plus 9, 250GB SATA
drives in a RAID 0, gives gamers, graphic artists and video enthusiasts one
half of a terabyte (TB) of storage in a single PC system. Maxtor’s SATA drives
are designed to offer higher data transfer rates, a more reliable connection,
simpler RAID integration and faster HDD installation than parallel ATA drives.
They also offer hot-plug compatibility and allow for smaller system designs.

„Serial ATA will continue to penetrate mainstream PCs as leading companies
such as VIA ship their Serial ATA technologies in volume,“ said Mike Williams,
vice president of product marketing at Maxtor. „As for RAID, it is becoming
more and more popular due to its performance and data integrity benefits.
Users can easily plug a Maxtor SATA drive directly into a VT8237-enabled
motherboard for single, SATA hard drive performance, or install two drives for
a RAID 0 or RAID 1 configuration for a significant performance improvement or
added data protection.“

Maxtor’s DiamondMax hard drives provide high performance and exceptional
reliability for the desktop market. The drives are offered in a variety of
capacity points for VARs, system integrators, PC builders and do-it-yourself
applications. The company’s MaXLine drives are the only drives in the market
that offer extra-large capacities and the durability designed for multi-user,
low-duty cycle applications in the enterprise. MaXLine drives are backed by a
three-year limited warranty. All Maxtor Serial ATA drives deliver
high-performance data transfer rates of up to 1.5Gb per second and provide
cyclical redundancy checking (CRC) for increased data integrity.

Maxtor Serial ATA hard drives and VIA’s new VT8237 South Bridge are
shipping in volume worldwide. For more information about Maxtor’s Serial ATA
drives and VIA’s VT8237 South Bridge please visit or respectively.