Imation Brings Industry-Leading Solid State Drive Technology to Worldwide Markets

Strategic Relationship with Mtron Combines Superior Performance and SSD

Technology with Imation Marketing, Distribution and Technical Service


Jan 04, 2008, 00:00 ET from Imation Corp.

    OAKDALE, Minn., Jan. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Imation Corp. (NYSE:  
 IMN), a worldwide leader in removable data storage, today announced a
 strategic relationship with Mtron Co., Ltd., a pioneer in Solid State Drive
 (SSD) technology and performance. Together, the two companies will develop
 and market SSD solutions with an initial focus on high-growth areas
 including portable computing and enterprise markets. The strategic
 relationship combines Mtron's leading technology innovation, R&D and
 manufacturing with Imation's global marketing, distribution and technical
 service expertise. Working together, the two companies will make an early
 entrance in the SSD market with Imation brand SSD products "powered by
 Mtron," to be released in the first calendar quarter of 2008.
     "Solid state drive technology is quickly moving from niche industrial
 markets to enterprise and mobile business applications due to its high
 performance, reliability and energy efficiency," said Dr. Subodh Kulkarni,
 vice president, Global Commercial Business, R&D and Manufacturing, Imation
 Corp. "Mtron has taken an early lead with its industry-leading SSD
 offerings. We are confident that the combination of Mtron's technology
 expertise with Imation's storage expertise and global distribution
 capabilities will quickly advance SSD in the enterprise and mobile
 computing markets."
     "Mtron has dedicated itself to advancing SSD technology and delivered
 the fastest performing products on the market today," said Steve Jeon, CEO
 of Mtron. "Imation's proven data storage leadership makes our strategic
 relationship a natural fit as together we bring this superior SSD
 technology to more users worldwide."
     SSD is a data storage technology utilizing solid state memory. Without
 motors or moving parts, SSDs are faster and more reliable than traditional
 hard disk drives (HDDs), and also offer lower heat and noise generation
 while providing greatly improved durability and shock resistance. Imation's
 initial offerings will consist of two SSD product lines -- Imation SSD MOBI
 3000 powered by Mtron for mobile and notebook PC users, and Imation SSD PRO
 7000 powered by Mtron for enterprise computing users.
     The Imation SSD MOBI 3000 provides maximum read speeds of 100MB per
 second, maximum write speeds of 80MB per second, and random access time of
 0.1ms, making it the fastest SSD product in the consumer market. It also
 offers twice the boot speeds of current HDDs and works at significantly
 faster speeds for large rendering tasks such as multi-tasking, Photoshop
 and CAD. Because it uses flash memory for low power consumption, is quieter
 and rugged for outside environments, the MOBI 3000 is ideally suited for
 mobile computing.
     The Imation SSD PRO 7000 is a high performance flash memory storage
 device designed to eliminate system bottlenecks often experienced with
 conventional HDDs. Optimized for enterprise and IT infrastructure, the PRO
 7000 can rapidly perform high capacity transactions utilizing Mtron's
 unique controller technology with maximum read speeds of 120MB per second,
 maximum write speeds of 90MB per second, and random access time of less
 than 0.1ms. With an enhanced solid state design, the PRO 7000 provides
 enhanced reliability and write endurance with wear leveling, bad block
 management and error correction code. With a more than 45 percent reduction
 in total cost of ownership as compared to conventional HDD-based systems,
 the PRO 7000 can withstand external shocks and vibrations, and offers Mean
 Time Between Failure (MTBF) greater than one million hours.
     More information regarding regional product availability and
 manufacturer suggested retail prices (MSRPs) will be announced separately
 in the coming months. For additional information about Imation's SSD
 products, go to
     About Mtron, Co., Ltd.
     Mtron Co., Ltd. is the new pioneer in the Solid State Drive (SSD)
 world. Mtron is targeting wide application areas with its high performance
 Flash SSD, ranging from the portable consumer electronics market such as
 notebook PCs and camcorders to enterprise and the industrial high-end
 market. For more information, visit
     About Imation Corp.
     Imation Corp. is the only company in the world solely focused on the
 development, manufacture and supply of removable data storage products
 spanning the four pillars of magnetic, optical, flash and removable hard
 disk storage. With more than 50 years of data storage leadership beginning
 with the development of the world's first computer tape, in 2006 Imation
 proudly marked its 10th anniversary as an independent company. In addition
 to the Imation brand, Imation Corp.'s global brand portfolio includes the
 Memorex brand, one of the most widely recognized names in the consumer
 electronics industry, famous for the slogan, "Is it live or is it Memorex?"
 Imation is also the exclusive licensee of the TDK Life on Record brand, one
 of the world's leading recording media brands. And as co-developer of
 Nickelodeon's Npower brand of consumer electronics, Imation helps empower
 kids of all ages to use the latest technology. Additional information about
 Imation and its brands is available at or by calling
     Imation, the Imation logo, Memorex, 'Is it live or is it Memorex?' are
 trademarks of Imation Corp and its subsidiaries. The TDK Life on Record
 logo is a trademark of TDK Corporation. All other trademarks are property
 of their respective owners.

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