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Seagate invests in a new design and R&D centre in Singapore

Nurdianah Md Nur | July 31, 2013
With an investment of over S$100 million, the new facility will be ready by early 2015. It will house all R&D personnel to foster collaboration and innovation.

Seagate groundbreaking ceremony
L-R: Mike Troemel (Vice President, Development Engineering of Seagate Technology), Bob Whitmore (Technical Advisor of Seagate Technology), Julian Ho (Assistant Managing Director of the Singapore Economic Development Board), Mark Re (Chief Technology Officer & Senior Vice President, Research & Development of Seagate Technology) and JTC Corporation, at the groundbreaking ceremony.

As part of its continued commitment to Singapore, Seagate will be developing a new design centre at one-north in the city-state.

Over S$100 million (US$78.7 million) is invested in the new facility, said Mark Re, CTO and senior vice-president for Research and Development at Seagate Technology, at yesterday's (30 July 2013) groundbreaking ceremony.

Named 'The Shugart', after the company's founder Alan Shugart, the facility is scheduled to be completed by early 2015.

With a gross floor area of about 40,880 sqm, it will consist of a nine-floor tower connected to a six-floor tower with three basement levels.

Model of the Shugart bullding
Model of The Shugart at one-north.

The Shugart will provide research and development (R&D) facilities for the mobile storage R&D team in Singapore, said Re.

The team will focus on developing 2.5-inch HDDs for thin and light devices such as tablets and slim external storage products, as well as for network attached storage solutions.

Focusing on this area will be beneficial to Seagate. According to John Ryding, IDC's research vice-president for hard disk drives, the 2.5-inch HDD will contribute to "nearly 60 percent of worldwide HDD industry shipments"[1].

Another development that Seagate is looking into is the heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) which helps increase storage capacities of hard drives. As of March 2012, Seagate announced that its first generation HAMR drives achieved a storage density of 1 terabit per square inch. With this, future maximum capacity of 3.5-inch and 2.5 drives would be 6TB and 2TB respectively.

Seagate has been in Singapore for over 30 years. Its current footprints in the city-state include Seagate Singapore International Headquarters (IHQ) in Ang Mo Kio, the Woodlands Recording Media operation, and the Science Park Design Centre. The team in the Science Park Design Centre will be relocating to The Shugart building when it is ready.

[1] Source: IDC Worldwide Hard Disk Drive 2013-2017 Forecast: Adjusting to the IT Industry's Transformation (IDC #240423, April 2013)


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