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Fujitsu Asia Introduces New Low-Profile Enterprise Hard Disk Series with Capacities up to 147 GB

Featuring new enterprise hard disk drives with twice the areal density and up to 28% increase in internal data transfer rate over previous series

Fujitsu Asia Pte Ltd.

Singapore, October 03, 2002

Fujitsu Asia Pte Ltd, one of the leading suppliers of hard disk drives and computer peripherals, today unveiled its next-generation of low-profile, high-speed and high capacity hard disk drives (HDD) designed specifically for high-performance enterprise computing and emerging market applications. Introducing the new Fujitsu MAP and MAS series, with spindle needle of 10K-rpm and 15K-rpm, respectively, delivering capacities of up to 147GB/73.5GB in a 1-inch high, 3.5-inch form factor. Compared with previous generation models, the new enterprise hard disk drives feature twice the areal density, with significant increase in internal data transfer rates at 25 percent to 28 percent.

The new MAP series consists of three new 10K-rpm hard drives featuring capacities of 36, 73 and 147GB. The MAS series, with 15K-rpm spindle speed, comprises 18, 36 and 73GB models. Both series are equipped with an 8MB, multi-segmented data buffer combined with a 32-bit-wide internal data path for faster data access.

In addition, both new series support Ultra320 SCSI (320MB/s) interface, boasting new performance and reliability enhancing features such as data packet protocol, quick arbitration and selection, and signal pre-compensation. The MAP drives also support 2GB FC-AL2 interface.

Fujitsu has substantially increased the maximum internal data transfer rate with these two new enterprise hard disk drive series. With 144MB/s on the MAS series and 107MB/s on MAP series, transfer rates have increased by 28 percent and 25 percent over previous drives respectively.

Moreover, incorporating Fujitsu's Fluid Dynamic Bearing (FDB) technology in its 15K- rpm products and four-platter, 10K-rpm product, has remarkably reduced the acoustic output to 3.6 Bels and 3.4 Bels in ready mode respectively.

Both MAP and MAS series qualification units will be available for OEM customers in November 2002.

About Fujitsu Asia Pte Ltd

Fujitsu Asia Pte. Ltd. was established in Singapore in 1997 to provide leadership in business development, technology innovation and customer support as regional headquarters for the Fujitsu group of companies in Asia outside of Japan. Building on Fujitsu's three decades of experience in Singapore and the broader Asian region and with a pool of highly skilled engineering talent, Fujitsu Asia is dedicated to providing comprehensive integrated IT, telecommunications and networking solutions that deliver tangible business value and enable customers to meet the challenges of the new global economy. Fujitsu Asia is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tokyo-based Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702), a leader in customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace.
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About Fujitsu Limited

Fujitsu is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Pace-setting technologies, high-reliability/performance computing and telecommunications platforms, and a worldwide corps of systems and services experts make Fujitsu uniquely positioned to unleash the infinite possibilities of the broadband Internet to help its customers succeed. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 5 trillion yen (about US$38 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2002.
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Date: 03 October, 2002
City: Singapore
Company: Fujitsu Asia Pte Ltd