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Western Digital's New GreenPower Hard Drives Reduce Energy Consumption, Helping Protect the Environment

  • 30 July, 2007 17:26

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<div><font size="+0"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt"><font face="Arial" size="+0"><span style="COLOR: black; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt"><strong>WD'S NEW
GREENPOWER™ HARD DRIVES REDUCE ENERGY CONSUMPTION, HELPING PROTECT THE
ENVIRONMENT</strong></span></font></span></font></div>
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<div><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt"><span style="COLOR: black; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt"><font face="Arial" size="2"><em><strong>Company's First One Terabyte Drive Enables Up To 40% Hard
Drive Power Savings for Desktop, Enterprise, CE and WD Branded
Customers</strong></em></font></span></span></div>
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<p align="left" class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0pt"><font face="Arial"><font size="2"><span class="562024606-26072007"><strong>SYDNEY</strong><span class="921503403-30072007"><font color="#0000ff"> <strong><font color="#000000">-</font></strong></font></span><strong>
AUSTRALIA</strong> </span>, July <span class="562024606-26072007">30</span>, 2007 -Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC)
today announced a new environmentally friendly GreenPower™ family of WD®
desktop, enterprise, CE and external hard drive products. The new GreenPower
(GP) family will ship in capacities from 320 gigabytes (GB) to one terabyte
(TB), and will save up to 40% in hard drive power consumption, or as much
as <span class="921503403-30072007">AU$11.75 (US</span>$10<span class="921503403-30072007">)</span> per drive per year.</font></font></p>
<p align="left" class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0pt"><font face="Arial"><font size="2"><br/>Based on extensive customer input toward supporting ENERGY STAR 4.0
compliance and incorporating the latest in engineering technology, WD has
delivered the first 3.5-inch hard drive platform designed with power savings as
the primary attribute. The GreenPower family gives customers more choices when
it comes to purchasing hard drives. The initial drive that will take advantage
of WD's new GreenPower technology is the WD Caviar GP. The WD Caviar GP 1 TB
hard drive will first ship in July in the My Book™ range of storage appliances,
with 1 TB desktop channel shipments following in August 2007. GreenPower
versions of WD RE enterprise drives and WD AV consumer electronics drives will
ship in volume within calendar Q3. <br/><br/>ENERGY STAR 4.0 computing systems are
designed to enable organizations to minimize their carbon footprint as well as
realize significant savings in electricity costs. By WD estimates, in certain
applications, the new GreenPower platform can save greater than <span class="921503403-30072007">AU$11.75 (US</span>$10<span class="921503403-30072007">)</span> per drive per year in electricity costs. For
example, a data center with 10,000 drives can save <span class="921503403-30072007"> AU</span>$1<span class="921503403-30072007">1</span><span class="921503403-30072007">7</span>,000 in
annual energy costs, and reduce CO2 emission by 600 metric tons - the equivalent
of taking almost 400 cars off the road for a year.<br/><span class="921503403-30072007"><font color="#0000ff"> </font></span></font></font></p>
<p align="left" class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0pt"><font face="Arial"><font size="2"><span class="921503403-30072007"><span class="921503403-30072007"><span class="921503403-30072007"><font color="#0000ff" size="1">savings shown in
US$</font> </span> </span> </span><br/><img align="left" alt="Energy Star" border="0" height="289" src="http://www.wdc.com/en/company/releases/EnergyStar.gif" width="604"/> <br/><!--<br> <br /> <table border="1"> <br /> <tr> <br /> <td> <br /> Segment <br /> </td> <br /> <td> <br /> Hours/Year <br /> </td> <br /> <td> <br /> Power Multiplier <br /> </td> <br /> <td> <br /> $/KWatt <br /> </td> <br /> <td> <br /> TCO$/year <br /> </td> <br /> <td> <br /> Kg of CO2 <br /> </td> <br /> <td> <br /> Days of Driving (Based on Avg. Daily CO2 Emissions) <br /> <br /> </td> <br /> </tr> <br /> <tr align="center" valign="top"> <br /> <td> Enterprise </td> <br /> <td> 8760 </td> <br /> <td> 2.40<sup>(1)</sup> </td> <br /> <td> $0.12<sup>(4)</sup> </td> <br /> <td> $10.09 </td> <br /> <td> 60.5<sup>(5)</sup> </td> <br /> <td> 14<sup>(6)</sup> </td> <br /> </tr> <br /> <tr align="center" valign="top"> <br /> <td> CE </td> <br /> <td> 8760 </td> <br /> <td> 1.25<sup>(2)</sup><br> <br /> 1.54<sup>(3)</sup> <br /> </td> <br /> <td> $0.12<sup>(4)</sup> </td> <br /> <td> $5.26<br> <br /> $6.48 <br /> </td> <br /> <td> 31.5<sup>(5)</sup> <br /> <br /> 38.9<sup>(5)</sup> <br /> </td> <br /> <td> 7<sup>(6)</sup><br> <br /> 9<sup>(6)</sup> <br /> </td> <br /> </tr> <br /> <tr align="center" valign="top"> <br /> <td> Desktop </td> <br /> <td> 3120 </td> <br /> <td> 1.25<sup>(2)</sup> <br /> <br /> 1.54<sup>(3)</sup> <br /> </td> <br /> <td> $0.12<sup>(4)</sup> </td> <br /> <td> $1.87<br> <br /> $2.31 <br /> </td> <br /> <td> 11.2<sup>(5)</sup> <br /> <br /> 13.8<sup>(5)</sup> <br /> </td> <br /> <td> 3<sup>(6)</sup> <br /> <br /> 3<sup>(6)</sup> <br /> </td> <br /> </tr> <br /> </table> <br /> --><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><span class="921503403-30072007"><font color="#0000ff"> </font></span></font></font></p>
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<p align="left" class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0pt"><font size="+0"><font face="Arial"><font size="2"><span class="921503403-30072007"> </span>"With the
GreenPower family, WD is improving the environment while reducing cost of
ownership," said John Coyne, WD President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our
focus on energy efficiency benefits commercial customers and consumers alike."
<br/><br/>Other 1 TB hard drives have a typical power consumption of 13.5 watts.
Replacing these drives with WD GreenPower hard drives can cut that rating by
over 5 watts, significantly reducing heat, power consumption and cost.
<br/><br/></font></font></font><font face="Arial"><font size="2"><strong><span class="WDsubtitle">Ensuring Energy Efficiencies:</span> <br/></strong>The
GreenPower Platform is designed with power savings as the primary attribute.
GreenPower drives from WD deliver exceptional power conservation, ultra-cool,
quiet operation and solid performance. <br/>
</font><font size="2">The following technologies enable WD's GP platform.</font></font></p>
<ul>
<li><font face="Arial" size="2">IntelliPower™: A fine-tuned balance of spin speed,
transfer rate and cache size designed to deliver both significant power
savings and solid performance. <br/></font>
</li><li><font face="Arial" size="2">IntelliPark™: Delivers lower power consumption by
automatically unloading the heads during idle to reduce aerodynamic drag.
<br/></font>
</li><li><font face="Arial" size="2">IntelliSeek™: Calculates optimum seek speeds
to lower power consumption, noise and vibration. </font></li>
</ul>
<p></p><p align="left" class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0pt"><font face="Arial" size="2">For
more information on WD's new GP hard drive family, visit WD at </font><a href="http://www.wdc.com/en/company/greenpower.asp" target="new_window"><font face="Arial" size="2">http://www.wdc.com/en/company/greenpower.asp</font></a><font size="2"><font face="Arial">.</font> </font></p>
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<div><font face="Arial" size="2"><strong>About WD</strong></font></div>
<div><font face="Arial" size="2">WD, one of the storage industry's pioneers and
long-time leaders, provides products and services for people and organizations
that collect, manage and use digital information. The company produces reliable,
high-performance hard drives that keep users' data close-at-hand and secure from
loss. WD applies its storage expertise to consumer products for external,
portable and shared storage products.<br/><br/>WD was founded in 1970. The
company's storage products are marketed to leading systems manufacturers,
selected resellers and retailers under the Western Digital and WD brand names.
Visit the Investor section of the company's Web site (www.westerndigital.com) to
access a variety of financial and investor information.</font></div>
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