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Seagate unveils S$100M design and R&D centre in Singapore

Zafirah Salim | June 22, 2015
The company also announced bursary programme for NUS and NTU to boost STEM-skilled graduates.

(From left to right) Prof Chua Kee Chaing, Dean, Faculty of Engineering, NUS; Dave Mosley, President, Operations and Technology, Seagate Technology; and Prof. Tay Beng Kang, Associate Dean, College of Engineering, NTU

Storage solutions provider, Seagate Technology, officially launched its new Seagate Singapore Design Centre last Friday (June 19, 2015).

Called "The Shugart" - in honour of Seagate's founder, Al Shugart - this S$100 million facility can house over 900 employees and is designed to provide research and development (R&D) facilities for the mobile storage R&D team in Singapore.

According to the company, it will focus on the development of small form-factor hard drives, hybrid drives, firmware, software and technologies. Applications for these products include the latest mobile PCs, local backup storage devices, digital video recorders and new opportunities such as network attached storage solutions.

"From the very first 1-inch drives used in digital music players, to the thinnest 2.5-inch drives used in ultra-books and mobile devices today, our Singapore R&D team has been instrumental in driving Seagate's innovation leadership," said Steve Luczo, chairman and CEO of Seagate, adding that The Shugart is a facility that enables collaboration that will strengthen its technology leadership.

The building, which began construction in July 2013, boasts a host of environmentally-friendly features such as large-scale solar panels, passive displacement ventilation, energy-efficient lighting and rainwater harvesting systems. In fact, it was recently awarded the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) Green Mark Platinum Award, which is the highest rating for sustainable and environmentally-friendly buildings in Singapore.

As part of its commitment to the Singapore community and belief in nurturing intellectual talent, Seagate also announced a S$300,000 bursary programme with the National University of Singapore as well as the Nanyang Technological University to grow the pool of graduates with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills.


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