(August 7, 2000)
Milpitas, CA - DISC Inc. (NASDAQ: DCSR), a leading manufacturer of automated
library solutions for enterprise storage, announced today a strategic
OEM partnership with New ATG of France, a leading provider of ultrahigh
online capacity, exceeding 16 GBs per disk. Under the new agreement, New
ATG will integrate DISC's storage devices into their extensive offering
of optical storage solutions. The agreement will include Disc's D150,
D245, D285, D525 and D1050 models.
These sophisticated storage devices are utilized to provide both nearline
and archival storage for enterprise networks. With random access capabilities,
100-year media shelf life and storage capacities ranging from 728GB to
over 5TBs, the DISC product line is perfectly suited to serve as network
storage devices. For New ATG customers, the addition of DISC libraries
will result in a wider range of optical storage solutions enabling excellent
data availability, optimized performance and reliability while increasing
system fault tolerance.
"Through our partnership with DISC," said Bruno Epale, President
of New ATG, "we will be able to give our customers a migration path
from their installed 12" products to the current 5.25" technology.
With Disc's product breadth added to our existing product line, we will
be more competitive and have the ability to offer large-scale nearline
and archive storage devices, including network capabilities."
The OEM partnership will effectively expand the French and European market
for the California-based DISC, while providing New ATG with a much broader
storage product line for their turnkey, value-added solutions. The ultimate
benefit will be to New ATG's customers who will have the opportunity to
migrate to an ISO standard system, offering Rewriteable and WORM solutions
at an attractive cost.
"New ATG has worked with many prestigious French universities and
European research laboratories to establish itself as a leader in the
development and production of optical technology products for data storage,"
said J. Richard Ellis, President and CEO of DISC. "We are very pleased
to announce this partnership and to have the opportunity to work with
New ATG. Our relationship will give their customers a migration path from
older 12" optical technology to the current 5.25" standard and
help us increase our overall penetration into the French, and other European
About New ATG
Established in 1984 as Alcatel, Thomson Gigadisc, New ATG is headquarted
in Toulouse, the "Silicon Valley of France." New ATG is renown
for its strong R&D team of specialists in electronics, optics, micro-mechanics
and chemistry. Backed by a portfolio of more than 300 patents, New ATG
has advanced to the position of leadership in the development and production
of 12" WORM optical storage products developed at their 10,000 square
foot ISO 9001-certified production facility, which includes a 5,300 square
foot Class A clean room.
Customers seeking more information on New ATG can contact the company
at Avenue Eisenhower, BP 1270, F-31047 Toulouse, France. Phone: 33/(0)6
6214 2100 Fax: 33/(0)5 6214 2149 or on the internet: www.newatg.com
DISC Incorporated manufactures an extensive family of automated library
solutions for enterprise storage. DISC storage devices are designed and
built at their ISO 9001 certified plant in Milpitas, California. DISC
products range in capacity from 104 GBs to 5.4 TBs and are designed for
high performance and maximum reliability.
Customers seeking more information may reach DISC at 1-800-944-3472 or