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Apr 06, 2014

LaCie Enhances Award-Winning 5big with Thunderbolt 2 Technology and RAID 5

LaCie, the premium brand from Seagate Technology (NASDAQ: STX), announced at the 2014 NAB Show a leap forward for its award-winning 5big. Now featuring Thunderbolt™ 2 technology, hardware RAID and industry-leading capacity, the new LaCie™ 5big is nearly two times faster – delivering speeds of up to 1050MB/s*. Thanks to Seagate’s new 6TB 7200RPM hard disks it boasts a 20% capacity increase, which makes it the most compact 30TB storage device on the market. With these advances, the new LaCie 5big gives video professionals huge capacity and ample bandwidth for improving 4K workflows right on the desktop.

STORAGE FOR THE 4K ERA

As a result of Thunderbolt 2 technology, the LaCie 5big delivers incredible, sustained speeds of up to 1050MB/s. Connect three LaCie 5bigs in parallel to a new Mac Pro™ for up to 90TB of capacity and speeds of up to 3000MB/s on a single workstation. This is enough bandwidth to edit several video streams in native 4K resolution. With this kind of speed, videographers working in Apple™ Final Cut Pro™ or Adobe™ Premiere™ get maximum quality from footage and see native 4K edits in real time.

"Having enough speed and capacity to back up and edit more than 100 terabytes of RED™ 4K footage was one of our biggest challenges when self-producing the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis 2013 World Tour documentary series," said director Jason Koenig. "LaCie’s 5bigs have been critical in allowing us to handle and cut on the tour bus with no issues. I haven't used a more reliable drive."

"At the 2014 NAB Show, there is a clear focus on 4K video," said Jason Ziller, Marketing Director for Thunderbolt at Intel. "We are pleased to see critical players like LaCie introduce robust storage solutions, such as the new 5big, which emphasize the power of concurrent 4K video transfer and data delivery via Thunderbolt 2 capability."

RAID FOR SPEED WITH SECURITY

The LaCie 5big offers a range of RAID modes that allow users to tailor the product to their needs. Its hardware RAID delivers sustained performance, better flexibility and the ability to connect the product to another computer while keeping the RAID configuration. RAID modes 5 and 6 provide complete data protection against disk failure, while providing excellent speed and capacity. These features make the LaCie 5big an ideal solution for users that want to use a single storage product for both video editing and backup. In protected RAID modes, even in the case of disk failure, the LaCie 5big’s hot-swappable disks mean zero data loss or downtime.

DUAL THUNDERBOLT PORTS

The LaCie 5big features two Thunderbolt 2 ports for daisy chaining. Professionals can daisy chain up to six Thunderbolt devices to a computer via a single cable (included). Thunderbolt 2 is also backward compatible, using the same cables and connectors as first-generation Thunderbolt** devices and computers. Professionals can now create a plug and play 4K video editing environment with increased capacity, incredible speed and convenience to their workflow.

ADVANCED COOLING AND LONG-TERM RELIABILITY

The LaCie 5big's cutting-edge cooling system ensures long-term reliability by preventing overheating. The system consists of three key components: an innovative heat-dissipating aluminum casing, a Noctua® cooling fan, and jumbo heat exhausts. The ultra-quiet Noctua NF-P12 fan pulls heat away from the internal components while producing very little noise. Altogether, this professional cooling system makes the LaCie 5big incredibly reliable and perfect for even the most noise-sensitive creative environments. Additionally, the 5big casing is made from a seamless aluminum cast, acting as armor to protect internal components.

Get to know LaCie's range of Thunderbolt 2 products: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLobMTTpykg

AVAILABILITY

The new LaCie 5big, featuring Thunderbolt 2, will be available this quarter in 10, 20 or 30TB capacities through the LaCie online store and LaCie resellers. Pricing will be announced when the product is available for purchase. For more product information, visit www.lacie.com. WARRANTY The LaCie 5big is protected by a three-year limited warranty. The warranty includes complimentary web-based resources, expert in-house technical support and worldwide repair and/or replacement coverage. Warranty extension and Advance Care Option can also be purchased. For details, visit http://www.lacie.com/warranties. ABOUT LACIE LaCie, the premium brand from Seagate, designs world-class external storage products for Apple, Linux and PC users. LaCie has differentiated itself through sleek design and unmatched technical performance. Find out more about our products at www.lacie.com.

WARRANTY

The LaCie 5big is protected by a three-year limited warranty. The warranty includes complimentary web-based resources, expert in-house technical support and worldwide repair and/or replacement coverage. Warranty extension and Advance Care Option can also be purchased. For details, visit www.lacie.com/warranties.

ABOUT LACIE

LaCie, the premium brand from Seagate, designs world-class external storage products for Apple, Linux and PC users. LaCie has differentiated itself through sleek design and unmatched technical performance. Find out more about our products at www.lacie.com.

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* These transfer rates were achieved using AJA System Test when connected to a 13" MacBook Pro® with a 2.4 GHz dual-core Intel® Core™ i7 processor and 8 GB RAM. Actual data rates may vary depending on operating environment and other factors, such as RAID mode, RAID configuration, and disk capacity.
** To achieve full Thunderbolt 2 bandwidth, connect the product to a Thunderbolt 2 port on a computer or device.

©2014 Seagate Technology LLC. All rights reserved. LaCie and the LaCie logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC or of its affiliated companies. Thunderbolt is a trademark of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners. When referring to hard drive capacity, one terabyte, or TB, equals one thousand billion bytes. Your computer’s operating system may use a different standard of measurement and report a lower capacity. In addition, some of the listed capacity is used for formatting and other functions and will not be available for data storage. The export or re-export of hardware or software containing encryption may be regulated by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (for more information, visit www.bis.doc.gov). Seagate reserves the right to change, without notice, product offerings or specifications.

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Kristin Macrostie
kristin.j.macrostie@seagate.com

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