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Quantum hard drives sole supplier for HP e-Vectra desktop computers

Singapore, February 24 - Hewlett Packard's e-Vectra desktop computers will beoutfitted with Quantum's next-generation Fireball lct."TheHP e-Vectra will usher in the next wave of business computing," saidEric Cador, vice president and general manager of HP's Business DesktopDivision.

Singapore, February 24 - Hewlett Packard's e-Vectra desktop computers will be outfitted with Quantum's next-generation Fireball lct.

"The HP e-Vectra will usher in the next wave of business computing," said Eric Cador, vice president and general manager of HP's Business Desktop Division. "By removing complexity from the hands of the end user and IT staff, we are delivering a more satisfying computing experience. When HP was exploring the appropriate storage solution for this system, we chose Quantum's next-generation Fireball lct because of its ability to deliver highly reliable, quiet, low-cost storage as required by HP and our commercial customers."

With the introduction of the HP e-Vectra, HP is taking the lead in the evolution of the client-computing market and bridging the gap between general purpose PCs of the past and the current need for simpler, more reliable, appliance-like desktop solutions.

"We are excited that HP has chosen the Fireball lct for the e-Vectra," said David Rawcliffe, marketing director for Quantum Asia-Pacific. "The superior acoustics, improved reliability and real-world performance of Fireball lct enhances HP's objectives to deliver overall reliability and a better end-user experience." The innovative, ultra-small form factor of the HP e-Vectra combined with its high degree of reliability allows the device to become nearly invisible to the end user. Its simplicity allows IT professionals to more easily manage the device, delivering a better level of service to the user.

HP has partnered with Quantum, Microsoft, Intel and 3Com to develop the HP e-Vectra, which was officially launched by HP on February 22, 2000. The HP e-Vectra is the first offering in a new family of "e-PCs" designed to simplify and redefine the desktop computing environment. The new, dictionary-sized e-PC weighs just 8 pounds (3.8 kilograms) and consists of only three components: hard-disk drive, power supply and system chassis.

The HP e-Vectra provides customers with reliability, controllability and supportability to dramatically improve the service experience for the end user as well as IT staff. The HP e-Vectra is expected to be available during the first half of 2000. About the Fireball lct The Fireball lct platform went into mass production in October of 1999 and quickly ramped to become one of the most successful product introductions in the hard drive industry's history.

The Fireball lct platform incorporates Quantum's new Quiet Drive Technology (QDT), Shock Protection System II (SPS II), Data Protection System (DPS) and the Ultra ATA/66 interface. All of these features are designed to meet end user requirements for high reliability, data integrity and optimized acoustics. The Fireball lct platform offers PC OEMs a wide range of capacity points that require only one drive qualification for a variety of systems - a simplified qualification process designed to save OEMs time and money.