Fortress' Rugged Storage Features Shock Tolerant Fujitsu Hard Drives

4/9/2003 - Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. (FCPA), one of the world's leading suppliers of hard drives and computer peripherals, announced that Fortress Corporation will use its mobile hard drives in the new FortressTM Rugged Hard Drive featuring 20GB, 40GB and 60GB storage capacities and Oxford Semiconductor's FireWire OXFW911 chipset. Each Fortress drive has both USB and FireWire interfaces and offers a complete data protection solution tailored for mobile lifestyles.

"We believe that portable storage solutions represent a growing market through the increased use of multimedia applications like MP3, DVD and digital photography," said Lorne Wilson, vice president, channel sales, Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. "Fujitsu mobile hard disk drives are designed to meet the demands of mobile users and we're excited that Fortress chose Fujitsu drives for its superbly designed solution."

Named "Best of MacExpo 2003" by MacAddict magazine, Fortress drives can withstand a drop of six feet onto concrete without any loss of data, offering an incredible level of shock protection. The drives feature an aerospace alloy enclosure, machined from a solid aluminum billet and are 100% nickel-plated. In addition, they offer integrated heat sinking, vibration-free operation and shock-protected logic electronics, all of which enhance reliability and drive life. The Fortress drive offers a peace of mind storage solution for Mac, Windows and Linux platforms.

Fortress Corporation CEO, Duncan Mackay, conceived the idea for a sleek and lightweight drive to fill a void in the external storage market, providing mobile professionals with secure data storage. "Most people don't realize they're playing data roulette with their portable devices. If you dropped your laptop, you'd be in trouble. Fortress allows every laptop, notebook, handheld and desktop user to have the ultimate protection for their most valuable asset: their data," commented Mackay.

Today's demanding mobile users expect disk drives to be compact while offering incredible performance and capacity. Fujitsu's MHS Series disk drives deliver both without sacrificing efficiency or reliability. High areal densities of up to 53.2Gb/in2, combined with Specular Layer GMR heads, Synthetic Ferri-magnetic Media, and MEEPRML read channel technologies enable these large-capacity drives to deliver outstanding performance. Fujitsu's MHS Series incorporates FDB spindle motors and Ramp Head Load/Unload in 2.5" disk drives for mobile applications. The FDB spindle motor technology dramatically improves non-operating shock tolerance and decreases acoustic noise. With capacities of 20GB, 30GB, 40GB and 60GB, these drives are big enough to hold large multimedia presentations, fast enough to run them, and small enough to fit in today's compact mobile computers, notebooks and consumer electronic devices.

Fortress drives are ideal for transporting files between home and office, storing high quality video, working with large graphic files, storing digital photographs, saving TV downloads, freeing up laptop and notebook space, providing simple and foolproof backup, and taking presentations on the road. Backup software for both Mac and Windows platforms is included.

Pricing and Availability
Pricing for the Fortress hard drives, including all accessories for USB and FireWire connectivity, begins at $499. The product is available from the company's Website at:

About Fujitsu
Fujitsu is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Pace-setting technologies, high- reliability/performance computing and telecommunications platforms, and a worldwide corps of systems and services experts make Fujitsu uniquely positioned to unleash the infinite possibilities of the broadband Internet to help its customers succeed. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 5 trillion yen (about US$38 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2002. For additional information, visit:

About Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc.
Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. (FCPA) conducts engineering and marketing activities in San Jose, CA and sales operations throughout the United States. FCPA's current product and service offerings include hard disk drives, tape drives, magneto-optical drives, scanners and scanner maintenance. FCPA is located at 2904 Orchard Parkway, San Jose, CA, 95134. For more information about Fujitsu products and services, call us at 800-626-4686 or 408-432-6333. For additional information, visit:

About Fortress Corporation
Fortress Corporation was founded to design and manufacture expertly engineered products that exceed the expectations of the most discriminating user. Fortress products are cutting-edge, offering exceptional quality and performance. For additional information, visit:

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