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  • SyQuest Japan Sells 1GB Removable HDD for Home Use
  • March 13, 1998 (TOKYO) -- SyQuest Technology KK of Japan plans to start selling a 1GB removable hard drive for home use at the end of March.
    Both SyQuest Japan and its U.S. parent, SyQuest Technology Inc., have been selling removable hard drives aimed at high-end graphics and multimedia users.

    The market size of personal- and home-use products began to grow, which led U.S. SyQuest to deliver SparQ, a hard drive with a 1GB capacity and pricing aimed at that market, in early 1998. SyQuest Japan will begin marketing this product at the end of March.

    There are two types of SparQ: one for external installation with one disk and a main unit to mount the disk, and another for internal installation conforming to the enhanced integrated device electronics (E-IDE) standard. It has an average seek time of 12 milliseconds.

    More than 200,000 units have been delivered to the U.S. market, and an announcement will be soon made to introduce personal computers with SparQ mounted as a standard device, said Greg Peel, vice president of the company's Asia/Pacific sales.

    The product will be offered at just below 40,000 yen (US$313) as a street price, said Hiroshi Ikeda, representative director of SyQuest Japan.

    U.S. SyQuest has been in the red in quarterly settlements in recent periods. Peel told BizTech that the company obtained investment of more than US$25 billion last year. The improved financial status is driving the company's move into new fields.

    (Hi-Tech News Center)

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    Updated: Thu Mar 12 17:10:53 1998