PRESS RELEASE: Western Digital introduces the WD AV-GP 3TB and the newest WD Photos photo viewer app


On behalf of Western Digital, we would like to share with you two announcements:

1. The WD AV-GP 3TB which is the latest addition to WD’s family of WD AV-GP SATA hard drives. The WD AV-GP hard drives offer 24X7 reliability, low power consumption and unrivalled storage capacity for storage-intensive AV applications such as digital video recorders, video surveillance, single-drive media servers and external multimedia storage.

2. The newest version of the WD Photos photo viewer app, which now works with the WD TV Live Hub media center from an Apple® iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch® or Android™ compatible smartphone or tablet. Consumers can now create content with their iOS® or Android devices and send it directly to anyone with a WD TV Live Hub media center for big screen viewing and enjoyment.

WD® LAUNCHES INDUSTRY’S LARGEST CAPACITY 3 TB SATA HARD DRIVES FOR AV PLATFORMS

New WD AV-GP 2.5 TB, 3 TB Hard Drives Offer Cool-Running, Unrivalled Storage Capacity for Reliable 24/7 Video Streaming in IPTV, DVR, Media Center PC and Surveillance Systems

Kuala Lumpur – 20 May 2011Western Digital® (NYSE: WDC), a leader in the desktop, mobile, high-capacity enterprise and consumer markets for hard drives, today announced the addition of 2.5 TB and 3 TB versions to its family of WD AV-GP SATA hard drives, serving the audio-video (AV) market. Shipping immediately, the 2.5 TB and 3 TB capacity, 3.5-inch, WD AV-GP hard drives offer 24X7 reliability, low power consumption and unrivalled storage capacity for storage-intensive AV applications such as digital video recorders, video surveillance, single-drive media servers and external multimedia storage.

“Designed to go the distance in high-temperature, always-on streaming digital AV environments, WD AV-GP drives store more hi-def audio and video than ever before with our new 2.5 TB and 3 TB versions,” said Margaret Koh, WD Director of Sales, Asia South. “Combine unsurpassed capacity, power-saving WD GreenPower Technology™, and performance capabilities to capture up to 12 simultaneous HD video streams with SilkStream™ technology and the drive choice is made clear in optimizing AV applications like PVR/DVR, IPTV and video surveillance.”

The WD AV-GP family of drives delivers 24X7 reliability along with power-saving WD GreenPower Technology. The WD AV-GP drives are field tested to have a 1.0 million hour MTBF rating. Drives with capacities in excess of 2.19 TB currently present barriers for certain PC hardware, firmware and software. For example, drives larger than 2.19 TB are not supported by systems running Windows XP; and systems with 32-bit versions of Windows Vista or Windows 7 relegate drives larger than 2.19 TB to be used as secondary drives. Thus, it is important to review existing PC specifications prior to installation of either the 2.5 TB or 3 TB WD AV-GP drives. More information on navigating the 2.19 TB drive barrier is available from a new WD whitepaper, at: http://avlargecapacitydrives.com/.

Price and Availability
The WD AV-GP 2.5 TB hard drives (model number WD25EURS) and 3 TB WD AV-GP hard drives (model number WD30EURS) will be available from selected retailers and resellers.  MSRP for the WD AV-GP 2.5 TB hard drive is RM 559 and the 3 TB hard drive is RM 599 and will be distributed by Achieva Technology Sdn Bhd, eSys Distribution Sdn Bhd and Eternal Asia (M) Sdn Bhd. WD AV-GP hard drives are covered by a three-year limited warranty. More information about the WD AV-GP 2.5 TB and 3 TB hard drives may be found on the company’s website at: http://wdc.com/en/products/internal/av/.

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WD PHOTOS™ PhoTO VIEWER APP PUSHES HD VIDEOS FROM iOS® AND ANDROID™ DEVICES WIRELESSLY TO WD TV® LIVE™ HUB FOR BIG SCREEN PLAYBACK

Smartphone-to-HDTV Video Sharing Feature Enables Business Travelers, Friends, and Family to Share Life as it Happens

Kuala Lumpur – 20 May 2011 Western Digital® (NYSE: WDC), the world’s leader in external storage solutions and maker of the popular WD TV® media player family, today introduced the newest version of its WD Photos™ photo viewer app, which now works with the WD TV® Live™ Hub media center from an Apple® iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch® or Android™ compatible smartphone or tablet.

Consumers can create content with their iOS® or Android device and send it directly to anyone with a WD TV Live Hub media center for big screen viewing and enjoyment. This feature is ideal for business travelers who want to keep in touch with their family and share their adventures in a fun and creative way. It is also a great way for students and distant family members to share life’s moments as they happen.

In addition, WD Photos photo viewer app allows consumers to remotely access content stored on their WD TV Live Hub media center or My Book® Live™ network drive from their portable device, anywhere in the world. This provides access to hundreds of photos without reducing memory on a user’s iPhone or Android device while allowing others on the home network to continue to enjoy the same content. And, if a user’s portable device is lost or misplaced, the content still resides safely within the home.

“The WD TV Live Hub media center already lets users store and play 1 TB of their personal videos, photos and music plus enjoy the best of Internet services including Netflix®, YouTube™, Pandora® and Facebook®, all without a computer,” said Craig Davis, Director, Sales & Marketing, Branded Product Group, Western Digital Asia Pacific Region. “Now with the new release of WD Photos, the world’s first smartphone-to-HDTV video sharing app, WD TV Live Hub helps users stay in touch with friends and family in high-definition.”

WD Photos Photo Viewer App Features

Features of the WD Photos photo viewer app include:

–          Pinch and zoom functionality so consumers can digitally zoom in on the displayed photo;

–          Instantly post photos to Facebook;

–          Create a slideshow with transitions to create digital art;

–          Access previously viewed photos even when the user is offline;

–          View photos all at once or filter them by folder or album;

–          Search by file name, folder name, or date using the built-in search options;

–          E-mail a photo to a friend;

–          Assign a photo to a contact;

–          Supports iPhone iOS4 so user can listen to music as they view their photos;

–          Enables users to view their pictures on their iPad or Android tablet; and

–          Consumers can also allow up to four smartphones or tablets access to their WD TV Live Hub media center.

WD Photos Compatibility

Users can download the free app from the Android Market or the Apple iTunes® store. The WD Photos photo viewer app is compatible with Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod touch mobile devices and the most popular Android smartphones. Photos are automatically optimized for viewing on your mobile device. WD Photos photo viewer app is also compatible with leading Android tablets.

Requirements

Users must own a WD TV Live Hub media center and register with WD®’s free, secure remote access service to use the WD Photos photo viewer app. Android devices must have OS 2.1 or higher and iPhones or iPod touches must have OS 3.1 or later.

Western Digital, WD and the WD logo are registered trademarks; WD GreenPower Technology and SilkStream are trademarks of Western Digital Technologies, Inc. Other marks may be mentioned herein that belong to other companies. All other brand and product names mentioned herein are the property of their respective companies. One gigabyte (GB) = 1 billion bytes. One terabyte (TB) = one trillion bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending on operating environment.


About WD

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 designs and produces reliable, high-performance hard drives and solid state drives that keep users’ data accessible and secure from loss. Its advanced technologies are configured into applications for client and enterprise computing, embedded systems and consumer electronics, as well as its own consumer storage and home entertainment products.

WD was founded in 1970. The company’s storage products are marketed to leading OEMs, systems manufacturers, selected resellers and retailers under the Western Digital® and WD brand names. Visit the Investor section of the company’s website (www.westerndigital.com) to access a variety of financial and investor information.


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