HGST Ships New Endurastar® Automotive Hard Drive

               HGST Ships New Endurastar® Automotive Hard Drive

The 320GB HGST Endurastar J4K320 Hard Drive Family is Designed for Extreme
Driving Conditions—Heat, Cold, Altitude Highs & Lows, and Bumps in the
Road—Helping System Integrators and Manufacturers Create a Seamless In-Car
Lifestyle Experience

PR Newswire

SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 30, 2013

SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- HGST (formerly Hitachi Global
Storage Technologies and now a Western Digital company, NASDAQ: WDC) today
announced that it is shipping its new Endurastar J4K320 family, a
single-platter hard disk drive (HDD) specifically designed for the automotive
infotainment and telematics markets. As HGST's sixth generation automotive
HDD, the new Endurastar J4K320 family is based on proven technology, provides
the industry's highest automotive HDD capacity at 320GB (220% more capacity
than its predecessor) and is built to operate in extreme and varying
temperatures and altitudes.

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The requirements for automotive-class hard drives are quite different from
hard drives designed for personal computers or other stationary consumer
electronic devices. These drives must go through a stringent qualification
process as in-car manufacture installations or after-market solutions can face
the most extreme conditions—from high altitudes in the Alps to searing heat in
the Sahara Desert. The Endurastar J4K320 operates at altitudes of up to 5500
meters (18,044.62 feet), supports an operating temperature range of -30°C to
+85°C (-22°F to 185°F), and has improved operating shock tolerance of 300G
(2ms) and a non-operating shock of 800G (ms) for extra reliability and data
protection when driving on damaged or unpaved roads.

In early in 2006, HGST was granted a patent for its Thermal Fly-height Control
(TFC) feature, which can compensate the head/media distance variations caused
by altitude and temperature changes. In order to provide its customers with
the quality level expected in the automotive segment, HGST has designed and
tested the Endurastar J4K320 HDD beyond most industry specifications.The
Endurastar J4K320 is HGST's second-generation automotive HDD to apply TFC. 

"For many years, Mitsubishi Electric has turned to HGST Endurastar automotive
hard disk drives to meet the needs of car multimedia systems," said Hiroyuki
Morikane, general manager, SANDA WORKS of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation.
"From the very first automotive grade models through the current Endurastar
J4K100 series, HGST HDDs have met our requirements for excellent performance
and high reliability. Mitsubishi Electric looks forward to qualifying HGST's
new J4K320 automotive drive as we believe it is the ideal solution for OEM
automotive customers who require high capacity and superior quality in a
storage device. Backed by HGST's attention to quality, cost, flexible delivery
and customer support, we expect the J4K320 to become the next chapter in our
long history of a strong business partnership."

"HGST has been working with the automotive industry for nearly two decades to
develop the right hard drive products for use in cars," said Brendan Collins,
vice president of product marketing, HGST. "These onboard systems integrate a
combination of entertainment (video, audio, radio), navigation, connectivity,
security services, diagnosis and much more to help provide a seamless in-car
user experience. The combination of these services, especially navigation,
requires reliable and durable storage for the supporting application software,
as well as the needed capacity to store end-user content.As our sixth
generation automotive drive, our new Endurastar J4K320 drive family continues
to deliver on the needed requirements, and provides long-term data stability
and reliability for the automotive market."

The Endurastar J4K320 family comes in 320GB, 250GB, 200GB, 100GB and 80GB
capacities, operates at 4260 RPMs and features a SATA interface for easy
design configuration flexibility. The drive family is based on a standard
9.5mm 2.5-inch form factor for simple integration into many new and
traditional system designs. This allows OEMs and system integrators to take
advantage of its ruggedness, huge capacity, low power idle and low-RPM
performance to deliver new high-quality, high-capacity, power-efficient
systems for the automotive markets.

The HGST Endurastar J4K320 family is currently shipping. For more information,
please visit http://www.hgst.com/hard-drives/automotive-and-industrial-drives.

About HGST
HGST, a Western Digital company (NASDAQ: WDC), develops innovative, advanced
hard disk drives, enterprise-class solid state drives, external storage
solutions and services used to store, preserve and manage the world's most
valued data. HGST addresses customers' rapidly changing storage needs by
delivering intelligent storage devices that tightly integrate hardware and
software to maximize solution performance. Founded by the pioneers of hard
drives, HGST provides high-value storage for a broad range of market segments,
including Enterprise, Cloud, Data Center, Mobile Computing, Consumer
Electronics and Personal Storage. HGST was established in 2003 and maintains
its U.S. headquarters in San Jose, California. For more information, please
visit the company's website at http://www.hgst.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements
relating to expected availability dates for HDD and/or SSD storage
products.These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and
uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those
expressed in the forward-looking statements, including changes in markets,
demand, uncertainties related to the development, introduction, and timing of
products based on new technologies, and other risks and uncertainties listed
in Western Digital's recent SEC filings to which your attention is
directed.Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these
forward-looking statements, which speak on as of the date hereof, and HGST/WD
undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect
subsequent events or circumstances.

One GB is equal to one billion bytes, and one TB equals 1,000 GB (one trillion
bytes). Actual capacity will vary depending on operating environment and
formatting.

Endurastar  is a registered trademark of HGST, Inc. and its affiliates in the
United States and/or other countries. Other trademarks are the property of
their respective owners.

Contact:
                     Katie Watson
Erin Hartin
                     Voce Communications
HGST
                     Mobile: 408-439-2002
Office: 303-284-7790
                     kwatson@vocecomm.com
Erin.Hartin@HGST.com

SOURCE HGST, A Western Digital Company

Website: http://www.hgst.com
 
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